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Voter Registrations at 'Record' Levels

County Registrar of Voters says a high level of voter participation is expected for November.

Tens of thousands of sample ballots for the Nov. 6 general election will be mailed tomorrow by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters' Office, which is expecting a record number of people to be registered to vote countywide.

More than 890,000 sample ballots and information pamphlets will be sent
out to voters over the next week, followed a week later by absentee ballots for
those who have applied to receive them.

Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday
that she anticipates a "record-breaking'' 900,000-plus county residents to
be registered for the presidential election.

"That will mean ballot counting may take longer than in previous
elections,'' Verjil said, without specifying how long.  "More voters who cast
vote-by-mail ballots helps our process because we can start counting those
ballots (seven business) days before the election.''

In the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, 32 percent of registered
voters in the county voted by absentee ballot, while 45 percent turned out at
the polls. A total 657,005 of eligible voters cast ballots -- a 78 percent
participation rate, according to the registrar's office.

"Our expectations are for a high level of voter participation,'' Verjil
told the board.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 22. The last day to submit a
request for a VBM ballot is Oct. 30, though it was recommended that anyone who doesn't mail their ballot by Oct. 31 drop it at the registrar's headquarters at 2724 Gateway Drive in Riverside.

Early voting will be available at select malls throughout the county
beginning Oct. 26, according to Verjil.

Residents with questions about registration, where to vote or how to
apply for an absentee ballot were encouraged to check the registrar's website,
or phone (951) 486-7200. 

Robert October 01, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I don't know where people are voting without an ID. Every time I go to cast my vote, I am asked for an ID. AND, as I am waiting in line, I notice that the people in front of me are asked to show ID. So, where are these voting places where people can go to vote without an ID?
Abracadabra Garage Door Co October 02, 2012 at 08:46 PM
They ask for your name (not ID). You have to "Register" to vote. If you did not register, your not allowed to vote. When you register they (government) check to see if you are listed more than once (if you have multiple homes etc.), to see if you are a registered citizen (social security #). If your good to go you get a notice and sample ballot in the mail and told where to vote. What is the problem? To show an actual I.D. is not necessary. Unless your targeting the elderly and poor and those who's choice is to be "off the grid". Voter ID required at the polls is...wrong and isn't what the founding fathers had in mind. I think we need more voters not less! Aliens or non citizens voting ...just isn't the case. If so, please prove it or peddle your hate someplace else!
ATC October 02, 2012 at 09:42 PM
"More" voters is not the answer..."informed" voters are the answer. And the reality is that nobody should be allowed to vote without proving they are who they say they are. I could walk into EVERY polling place in town and vote, just by checking the phone book for a name and address nearby, then "claiming" to be that person. Heck, I could even do it several times at each polling place. There are NO safeguards to prevent that from happening.
Abracadabra Garage Door Co October 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
In the "off chance" that you "at random"picked somebody that #1) was registered already (80% don't register) ? #2) Somebody that was assigned to that polling place ? #3) Voting BEFORE that registered voter does? #4) Driving to another polling place (they seen you vote already at that 1st poll) then doing that all over again? How many could you do in a day? Have you done that? If you do get any of those wrong -you can't vote. They wont let you. If they catch you it's a felony. Do you really believe people are doing this? Really? For Free? Your not just passing along "misinformation" and calling it "informed voters" right? NEXT!
Aireman October 05, 2012 at 02:51 AM
The idea that you have to show i.d. is a republican ploy. If you have been paying the slightest bit of attention to the world you would know this. You can't jsut walk up anywhere and vote. You have to REGISTER first! When you register you are required to provide an address and something to identify yourself then. ONLY after it is checked out are then put on the voting rolls. This ain't rocket science. Finally, there has been no proof of any significant in person voter fraud anywhere. The money spent on the foolish voter i.d. laws some states are pushing could be well spent elsewhere.

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