Voter signup ends Monday

Christina O'Haver, The Union Democrat

Monday is the final day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election, and Tuolumne and Calaveras county residents can pick up voter registration cards at several locations.

Both counties provide registration cards at the Elections Offices, U.S. Postal Service offices and Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

Tuolumne County residents can also pick up cards at libraries, the Department of Social Services and the Probation Department. Calaveras County residents can visit the Government Center for cards.

Voter registration cards must be either mailed to or dropped off at the County Elections Offices by Oct. 22. If the Elections Offices receive cards after the deadline, they will look at the date the cards were signed and the envelopes postmarked.

California residents can register to vote online through the Secretary of State of website,, as long as they have a valid driver's license or state-issued ID.

Residents can either submit their information online or print out a voter registration card and mail it or drop it off at their County Elections Office. Online submissions close at midnight Monday.

People who have changed addresses need to re-register, even if they have moved within the same county because they might have entered new districts for local elections.

Tuolumne County Clerk and Auditor-Controller Debi Russell Bautistanoted that anyone who last registered with a post office box address and is no longer using that address should re-register because the ballots will not be forwarded.

Citizens who have legally changed their names with the Department of Motor Vehicles also need to re-register.

Vehicle owners who have received notices to re-register their vehicles may have automatically received voter registration cards. However, Russell Bautistasaid people can disregard the card unless they otherwise would need to re-register or register for the first time.

For Tuolumne County residents who have already registered, a new drop-off site has been added this election. Besides the Elections Office in Sonora, the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road will accept ballots.

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