SAN DIEGO - San Diego County residents have until Monday, Oct. 24, to register to vote for the Nov. 8 general election, or to re-register if they have recently moved, recently changed their name or wish to change parties.
Registration can be done online at registertovote.ca.gov. Forms can also be obtained at many government offices, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, post offices, public libraries and county Registrar of Voters offices.
Forms are available in English, Spanish, Tagalog (Filipino), Vietnamese and Chinese.
Registration forms must be postmarked or delivered to the Registrar of Voters by Oct. 24. The Registrar of Voters office will be open until 8 p.m. Voters may also register online until midnight.
Registrar of Voters officials urge anyone unsure about their registration to check their status at sdvote.com
Those who are registered are being encouraged to sign up for mail-in ballots. Because there are so many state and local propositions -- some of them complicated -- election officials hope that people will vote at home, which will reduce wait times at polling places next month.
The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is Nov. 1. However, the faster the ballots are filled out and returned, the sooner the votes will be recorded, according to the Registrar of Voters Office.
The ballots and other voter materials are so big that the Board of Supervisors will be asked Tuesday to spend an additional $1.8 million to cover printing and mailing costs. Voters will receive a two-card ballot for the first time.
The Registrar of Voters Office at 5600 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those who want to fill out a ballot in person before Election Day. The office will also be open for weekend voting on Nov. 5-6.
Election Day voting hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to reflect the hours at the polls.
The election will determine races for president, members of Congress and the state Legislature, and decide 17 state propositions.
Locally, there are two countywide ballot measures -- whether to raise the sales tax by a half-cent to pay for infrastructure projects and to approve or deny a development in the Lilac Hills section of Valley Center -- and a dozen questions in the city of San Diego, including the Chargers' plans for a downtown football stadium and convention center annex.
The ballot includes 21 other measures for voters in various cities and special districts -- many of them proposed bond issues.
Also to be decided are high-profile runoffs for county supervisor, San Diego city attorney and San Diego City Council.