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Many Temecula Residents Won’t Be Counted On Election Day, Voter Registration Numbers Show

California voters have until Oct. 22 to register for the November presidential election.

According to the most recent information available from the Riverside County Registrar of Voters, many Temecula residents have not registered to cast a ballot on Nov. 6.

According the latest summary dated Sept. 19 from the Registrar, there are 43,386 registered voters in the city, nearly half of them registered Republicans; approximately one-quarter are registered Democrats, and nearly one-quarter declined to state their political party.

The 2010 U.S. Census showed there were just over 100,000 people living in Temecula, with approximately 30 percent under the age of 18. That leaves more than 60,000 people of legal voting age, not deducting out those who are ineligible due to citizenship, felony parole status, etc. By U.S. Census estimates, less than 10,000 undocumented immigrants are living in the city.

California voters have until Oct. 22 to register for the November presidential election. Voters whose signature is already on file with the California Department of Motor Vehicles can submit their voter registration forms to county elections offices electronically by visiting RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

To register to vote, a Californian must complete a brief voter registration application on paper or online.

“Online or on paper, California’s laws and procedures for processing voter registration applications are identical. Security is a critical part of elections, and I want to emphasize this online application is not ‘automatic registration.’ The information provided in an online application still must be verified by a county elections official before an applicant can be added to the voter rolls," said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, California’s chief elections officer.

Paper applications are still available at many government offices, DMV offices, post offices, public libraries, and more.

When a person registers online, the system will search the DMV database for the applicant’s California driver license or identification card number, date of birth, and last four digits of the applicant’s social security number.

If the information is found and the applicant authorizes elections officials’ use of the DMV signature, an electronic image of the DMV signature will be added to that voter registration application.

If there is no signature on file with DMV, all of the applicant’s information will still be transmitted to the county elections office; the applicant will just need to click “print,” then sign the paper application and mail it. (California law requires that the applicant sign the voter registration application, which is considered a legal affidavit.)

The county elections official will contact the applicant when the voter registration application is approved or when more information is needed to confirm eligibility.

For those who have already registered, approximately 450,000 vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed to voters starting Oct. 9 for the presidential general election on Nov. 6.  Ballots should arrive in mailboxes by the end of the week. Voted ballots must be received by the Registrar of Voters office by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 to be counted in the upcoming election.  

Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned through the postal service or deposited in vote-by-mail drop-off boxes at participating city clerk offices and county-run libraries.  Drop-off locations can be found on the registrar’s website at www.voteinfo.net.  A 24-hour drop box also is available outside the main entrance of the registrar’s office at 2724 Gateway Drive in Riverside.  Vote-by-mail ballots may also be dropped off at any polling place within Riverside County before 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters have until Oct. 30 to request a vote-by-mail ballot by completing the request form on the back of their sample ballot or by using the application form on the Registrar of Voters’ website at www.voteinfo.net.  The forms may be returned by mail or facsimile to (951) 486-7272.

Early voting at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office begins Oct. 9 and runs through Nov. 6. Early voting also will be offered Oct. 26 through Oct. 28 at The Promenade in Temecula, 40820 Winchester Road.  

The Patriot October 08, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I believe that the term limits initiative would have made it to the ballot if this was the bar that was to be used. Is this a Susan Jones screw up? Someone should look into it.
V.W.D.S. October 08, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Unless my math is seriously lacking the numbers in this article are misleading. First of all, alot of changes have occurred in population since 2010. Just look around at the empty houses. 2nd of all - if you use the number 100,000 as the population number, and deduct out the number stated to reflect those UNDER 18 (30,000) you get 70,000. Then you deduct the amount of current registered voters (46,386) you get 26,614 UNREGISTERED VOTERs per the 2010 census. Which, is not even accurate and those 26,614 might not even live here anymore.
V.W.D.S. October 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
That said - if you STILL haven't registered to vote and aren't interested in the Presidential Election, you must realize that voting on the local level is vital. Go to the online link, print out the application and mail it in! Get registered, get involved and VOTE. There are many propositions and local leaders that need to be decided on and will effect your life regardless of the Presidential outcome.
KB October 08, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Please, let's not saddle tomorrows generation with even more debt: No On Measure Y!!
Winchester Collection October 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Steve the 47% you speak of is more than likely not accurate. I live along side many OC Republicans that refuse to register in Temecula because they do not wish to called for Jury service. So yes the 47% is all parties and all scammers alike. I am the 25% registered as decline to state!!!!!!!!
sam October 10, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Come one, coma all. Come to the Republican Headquarters on Rancho Cal and Ynez behind Rosa's Tortilla Factory and register to vote. Our County is at a critical crossroads and unless we clean out the destruction the Democrats have done American will never be the same and we will have lost most of our freedoms. IT'S CRITICAL TO VOTE YOUR AND YOUR CHILDRENS FUTURE IS AT STAKE!
Patrick Wilson Jr. October 10, 2012 at 05:57 PM
To Winchester Collection, I am not yet registered to vote, yet I have been called to Jury Duty after being looked up in the DMV. Not registering to vote simply because you don't enjoy having to do jury duty is a pisspoor excuse in my opinion to exercise your right as a US citizen.
Gary Stein October 11, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Voting is a wonderful right that many people in this world wish they had. If you don't vote, don't complain.
Eric Cartman October 18, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Are you "thee" Gary Stein?

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