Politics

Last day to register to vote — Where do I apply?

In this file photo, an eligible voter fills out a form outside  St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Hawthorne, where parishioners set up a registration table. Monday, October 20, 2014 is the last day to register to vote.
In this file photo, an eligible voter fills out a form outside St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Hawthorne, where parishioners set up a registration table. Monday, October 20, 2014 is the last day to register to vote.
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Monday is the last day to register to vote in order to cast a ballot in the November 4 general election, so whether you're a master procrastinator or you just plain forgot, there's still time.

The final application deadline is midnight. So heed Secretary of State Debra Bowen's remarks from Friday: "Registering to vote is one of the easiest and most important things you can do in a democracy. Don't give up your voice by not voting."

Here are some tips to help you get it done.

Apply by mail

Postmarks count, according to the secretary of state. If you fill out a paper application and mail it in, it will count toward this election as long as it is postmarked by 11:59:59 p.m. Paper applications can be picked up at a number of government offices, including libraries, post offices, and the DMV, and they're available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. You can also download and print an application from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's website.

Apply online

California has an online voter registration site available in all of the languages mentioned above. You'll need your California driver license or California identification card number,
the last four digits of your social security number and your date of birth. If you don't have a license or ID card, you'll need to complete an online interview by midnight.

Check your status

Not sure if you're already registered? Start here and find out how to check in your county. Some county elections offices have a simple online lookup system. Others require a quick phone call. You can find out other helpful information, too, such as the party you registered for.

Special cases

If you're enrolled in Safe At Home, a confidential address program, or if you're a military or overseas voter, you can get more information relevant to your situation at the secretary of state's website.