This year’s midterm elections are only a few weeks away and there is a lot at stake.
Come Nov. 6, you will have the responsibility to decide who belongs in the House of Representatives, the Senate and either Democrat Gavin Newsom or Republican John Cox in California’s state capitol as governor.
There are also 12 statewide propositions on the ballot on everything from approval of affordable housing bonds to changes in the daylight savings time period. Proposed measures are equally diverse in topic and vary from city to city.
Numerous positions are also up for grabs, including Secretary of State, state Attorney General, School Superintendent, sheriff and various judges.
You must be registered to vote by Oct. 22 to participate. To be qualified to register, you must be 18 years or older by Election Day and a United States citizen and California resident.
If you aren’t registered yet, there are a few quick, easy ways to get it done.
The quickest method is online.
You can head to the California Secretary of State’s and the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s’ websites to register and check your registration status.
If you have moved, changed your name or want to change your political party affiliation, you need to re-register. Even if you informed the United States Postal Service to forward your mail to a new address after a recent move, they don’t always update your voter registration address.
Registering can be done the old-fashioned way too.
Paper registration forms to be sent through the mail are available at the county elections office, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, Los Angeles County public libraries and post offices. The closest public library to Cal Poly Pomona is Walnut Library at 21155 La Puente Road, Walnut, CA 91789, while the closest United States Postal Service is at 580 W. Monterey Ave., Pomona, CA 91769.
Mailed voter registration applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 22.
You can also request a paper voter registration application to be mailed to you by calling (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or contacting the Secretary of State’s Email Elections Division staff online.
If you miss the Oct. 22 deadline, you can still register to vote conditionally in person at the county election office from Oct. 23 and up to Nov. 6. However, these ballots are only processed after that office completes a voter registration verification process.
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