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California nearing record high voter registration

October 23, 2012 |  4:29 pm

6a00d8341c630a53ef017d3cbbf8a4970c-320wiMore than 1 million Californians filed applications through a new online voter registration system by last night’s deadline for the Nov. 6 election, and about 381,000 have so far been added to the voter rolls, officials announced Tuesday

County registrars are still verifying and processing others who applied online, while some of those who used the new system are ineligible to vote or were already registered and didn’t know it.

So far, the early tally is that at least 679,000 Californians registered to vote in the last 45 days, including those who submitted paper applications postmarked before midnight on Monday, which may set a new record for registration, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

As of Sept. 7, there were 17.25 million people registered to vote in California, while the previous record was 17.33 million.

“I must emphasize these are preliminary numbers and not the final confirmed roster of eligible voters in California because county elections officials are now hard at work verifying each and every application,” Bowen said in a statement. “After all 58 county elections officials send their registration data to my office, we will compile the certified statewide numbers and publish a final report of registered voters on November 2.”

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Photo: Secretary of State Debra Bowen. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times

 

 

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