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Deadline looms to register to vote for November elections

Floridians Register To Vote For Presidential Election As Deadline Nears

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In California, voters can now register on the internet. Shown is an old-fashioned Florida Voter Registration Application.

If you want to vote in the November 6 Presidential election you have until midnight on Monday to register. Eligible voters must be citizens of the United States and 18 years old by November 6th. 

In California, the deadline to register is always two weeks before the election date, and this weekend the rush is on to register. For the first time in the run-up to a Presidential election, voters may go online to register

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen is responsible for managing the hundreds of thousands of applications submitted in the final weeks before the voter registration deadline.

Bowen says she wants as many people as possible to register before Monday, and points out that should internet registration be too difficult, that the trusty paper applications are widely available. 

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Over 400,000 Californians registered to vote online in first three weeks

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A sheet of voter stickers is seen inside Fire Station 38 on May 19, 2009 in Pasadena, California. Will a surge in online registration lead to actual voters? That question will be answered in November.

A new law allowing Californians to register to vote online appears to be having its intended effect, attracting more than 400,000 users in its first three weeks.

That may not be good news for Republicans. Nearly a third of online registrants were younger than 26 and were 2 1/2 times more likely to register as Democrats than Republicans, according to an early sampling of nearly 51,000 online registrations by Political Data Inc., a nonpartisan company that provides detailed voter information.

About one-third were not affiliated with either major party.

If the trend holds, it could further erode Republicans' share of the California electorate, which has dipped to 30 percent of registered voters.

Young voters made up 28 percent of those registering online in the early review done by Political Data. That was seven times as many as those over age 65.

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Online voter signups fuel record at LA County Registrar

American Ideal—The Right to Vote

Some 220,000 new and renewing voters registered online in the two weeks that the system's been available in California.

The decision to open voter rolls to online registrations is pulling in thousands more new and renewing voters in Los Angeles County and throughout California.

Under the old system, you could download a registration form and mail it in to your county registrar. Or go visit a public office like city hall, the library or Department of Motor Vehicles (remember the oh-so controversial Motor Voter law?) But then California lowered the effort bar even further, letting voters register online.

Some 220,000 new and renewing voters registered online in the two weeks it's been available, says Shannan Velayas of the Secretary of State's office.

Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters reports it has received a record 150,000 new or renewing voter registrations in September, partly because of the online registration that was first offered statewide late in the month.

County registrars typically get a large number of new and renewed registrations in the last weeks before a presidential race, but last month's online-assisted registration total outstripped the old 120,000 record set in 2008.

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