The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 24, find out how to register today

Posted at 10:22 AM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 07:44:44-04

The last day for Californians to register to vote in the November 8th election is Monday, October 24th. 

The Kern County Elections office said Friday that voter registration has increased in the last few days as the deadline gets closer. 

At the Kern COunty Elections office Friday, dozens of people were lined up to register to vote. 

Gerald Boaner and his wife went in to re-register because they moved since the last time they registered. 

"I just wanted to get it done so I can put my little two cents in," said Boaner. 

Local libraries said they also saw a spike in people asking about voter registration. 

"We have had quite a few people coming in, they ask for the registration ballots and maybe about topics like what resources and where to go, so we just point them in the right direction," said Jacob Cairns the head librarian at Beale Memorial Library in downtown Bakersfield. 

Each Kern County library has voter registration forms that residents can fill out and mail in or turn in to the elections office. 

They also have computers where residents can register to vote online. 

Boaner said he's glad he got his registration taken care of and suggested others do the same.

"If that's what they want to do, they should come down and register and, you know, who they want to be in office," said Boaner. "Especially when it comes to the big stuff, that's what's really important."

Who can register to vote?

According to the Kern County Elections website anyone can register to vote if the person:

  1. Is a citizen of the United States
  2. Is a resident of California
  3. Will be 18 years old by the next election.
  4. Not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post release community supervision (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison.)
  5. Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent.

There are several ways that you can register to vote.

Voter registration paper applications are available at the following locations:

You can also register to vote online here. 

  • Kern County Elections Office -- First floor at 1115 Truxtun Avenue
  • Kern County Libraries -- For various locations click here
  • Department of Motor Vehicles -- For various locations click here
  • U.S. Post Office -- For various locations click here

Registration must be completed, postmarked, submitted electronically or hand delivered no later than Monday, October 24, 2016. 

For more information about registering to vote click here. 

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