If you’re eligible to vote in next month’s presidential election and you haven’t registered, it’s the 11th hour. TODAY is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election. While California's Secretary of State and county registrars of voters have actively encouraged people to register online, many traditional voter mobilization efforts are also in play through Monday night.
Outside St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Hawthorne, some parishioners set up a table after Sunday mass with American flags and paper registration forms.
Volunteer registrar Jesus Cervantes said the economy is fueling interest in next month's election.
"We desperately need to create more jobs in this community. There's a lot of young adults who are ready to work, but there’s no jobs," Cervantes said. "Besides that, there’s young people that are just ready to start joining the workforce, but same problem: no jobs."
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Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the field of mayoral candidates now that Zev Yaroslavsky, Rick Caruso and Austin Beutner are out of it.
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Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at a 2013 mayor's race that doesn't include Zev Yaroslavsky, Rick Caruso or Austin Beutner. "Had any one of the three departed candidates stuck it out, there would have been a credible candidate with an outside message and the means to bring it to the electorate," Newton writes.
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, labor focuses on Prop 32, Councilman Herb Wesson plays mayor, and the city clerk prepares for a special election.
Two veteran politicians are battling for control of a newly drawn Congressional district in the Inland Empire.
Both candidates are Republicans — pushed into an all-GOP fight by California’s “top two” primary system that sends the two leading vote-getters into the general election regardless of party. But even though both are Republicans, there are key differences between the two.
The 31st Congressional District swings west from Redlands, up through San Bernardino and out to Rancho Cucamonga — home base for Republican Congressman Gary Miller.
“This is my fourth event today,” said Miller outside his campaign office before joining supporters for a hamburger lunch on a recent Saturday.
For nearly 15 years, Miller represented the 42nd District — an Orange County Republican stronghold that included a small ribbon of the Inland Empire.
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Former President Bill Clinton recently spoke at an event at Florida International University in Miami.
Bill Clinton is visiting Orange County Tuesday. The former President is lending some star power to a quintet of lesser known Democrats who'd like to become members of the US House of Representatives.
Democrats know that if they want a shot at taking back the House, they have to pick up more than two dozen seats around the country. Redistricting has made California ground zero for turning red to blue.
To help out, Clinton will be the headliner at a UC Irvine rally called "California's Voice."
He'll be there to boost candidates in five of the toughest House races in California. Three are running for open seats: Julia Brownley in Ventura, Alan Lowenthal in Long Beach, and Mark Takano in Riverside. Two others are taking on GOP incumbents: Scott Peters in San Diego, and Raul Ruiz in Palm Springs.
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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.