SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Californians have until midnight on Oct. 19 to register to vote by mail or online for the upcoming election.
Anyone who misses the deadline can still register to vote in person at a polling place on Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 3.
That in-person registration can be at a county elections office or vote center, or at your polling place on Election Day.
The online application is also available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
To register to vote in California, you must be:
- A United States citizen and a resident of California
- 18 years old or older on Election Day
- Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
- Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court
“It is important that your voter registration application be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election,” the California secretary of state website says.
Election officials say they are seeing a huge uptick in mail-in ballots as people avoid potentially crowded areas like voter lines during the pandemic.
In San Francisco, 124,000 voters have already completed and returned their ballots. That’s 24% of all registered voters.
If the trend continues, turnout could be historic.
“Turnout in 2016 was 81%, just under 81%. Then the turnout in November 2008, was just over 81% and right now I’d expect in this election, we have a higher turnout than both 2016 and 2008, just from the numbers we see so far,” Director of Elections John Arntz said.
Millions of completed ballots have already been returned, election officials say. Among the ballots: 1.7 million are registered Democrats, 680,000 are Republicans and a little under 700,000 are Independent.
If you register to vote in person at an early voting location, you may also vote the same day.
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