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On National Voter Registration Day, San Diegans Gear Up For November

A sticker for National Voter Registration Day sits on top of a League of Women Voters table in Oceanside, Sept. 22, 2020.
Shalina Chatlani
A sticker for National Voter Registration Day sits on top of a League of Women Voters table in Oceanside, Sept. 22, 2020.

On National Voter Registration Day, some Californians are gearing up to vote for the upcoming election in November. And already some political groups are getting out and encouraging residents to participate.

As the deadline for online and by mail registration comes up on Oct. 19, groups like the League of Women voters are encouraging residents to get their paperwork together and sign up to vote.

On National Voter Registration Day, San Diegans Gear Up For November
Listen to this story by Shalina Chatlani.

The League of Women Voters set up a registration table at the Mission Branch wing of the Oceanside Public Library on Tuesday.

"It’s really important to us to empower voters and give them unbiased information which is really important in today’s world," said Susan Connell, a member of League of Women Voters. "It’s also important for people to check their registration if they’ve moved if they’ve changed their name so that when they do try to vote in person or by mail, their vote is counted."

In California, residents can still register in person up to Election Day on Nov. 3. But to receive a mail-in ballot and ballot information, voters will have to register beforehand.

For the first time, every registered Californian will receive a mail-in-ballot, thanks to Assembly Bill 860 signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Those should come by Oct. 5.

California Voting Fast Facts:

  • California residents can register to vote or check their registration at registertovote.ca.gov.
  • The official day to register online or by mail is Oct. 19. You can get a mail-in ballot if you make that deadline. After that point, a resident can go pick up a ballot in person at a local voting site or registration office.
  • Californians can also register to vote in person at their local county election office, polling place, or vote center on Election Day on Nov. 3.
  • Californians can request from their local election official an absentee ballot up until Oct. 27. It must be postmarked by Nov. 3.
  • Ballots can be returned in person up until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.
  • Voters this year can track their ballots through California’s official “Where’s My Ballot?” tracking tool at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov.