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Online registration option popular with young voters

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A polling place inside a luxury car dealer in Beverly Hills during the 2010 midterm elections. This year, California voters can skip the paperwork on their way to the ballot box and register completely online.

Monday is the deadline to sign up to vote in the November 6 election.  This year, for the first time, California voters can register completely online.

544-thousand Californians registered online in the first month, and the number’s expected to grow.

Political Data Inc. – a non-partisan company that analyzes election stats — profiled the first 50,000 Californians to sign up and found that about a third were younger than 26. That group of voters is twice as likely to register as Democrats than as Republicans.

Los Angeles County’s reported online registration is contributing to a record-setting pace in voter registrations. About 150,000 people registered last month. That represents a jump of 30,000 from the September before the last presidential election.

Voters may register at the California Secretary of State’s website until midnight Oct. 22.

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