California Democrats Make Final Registration Push Before Oct. 24 Deadline as Surge of New Voters Sets Stage for Dramatic Election Finish

California’s historic surge of new voters in 2016 – which has pushed the electorate over 18 million voters and widened Democrats’ voter registration edge to 18 points over Republicans – sets the stage for a dramatic election finish in November.

The California Democratic Party is making a final voter registration push before the October 24 deadline and ramping up our outreach to new voters to ensure they vote on November 8.

“California voters face a historic choice this November, between the anger and divisiveness of Donald Trump and a vision of progress that gives every American a fair shot,” said Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove, who will help register voters on Oct. 24. “But you can’t be part of it if you don’t register and vote, and you still have time to get registered today.” 

“California has broken the record with more than 18.2 million people registered to vote. We can do even better if we encourage our family, our friends and anybody you know who may not be registered to vote yet to register,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla in a video with young Democrats. “But you have to do it by October 24 so your vote will count this Nov. 8.”

Californians who are U.S. citizens, who have recently moved, or turn 18 before November 8 can register online at www.registertovote.cadem.org.

Early voting returns released by the nonpartisan Political Data Inc. show absentee ballots favoring Democrats across the board. As of Friday, October 21, Democrats led Republicans 49-30 statewide in early vote counts. In the 2012 general election, Democrats led Republicans in all early votes returned by 43-36.

With fewer than three weeks before Election Day, the California Democratic Party has launched an endorsement lookup page at www.cademvote.org and is emailing personalized slate cards featuring Hillary Clinton for President and Kamala D. Harris for U.S. Senate, candidates for Congress and the Legislature, and recommendations in 17 statewide ballot initiatives.

Voters can enter their address to receive a personalized endorsement card at www.cademvote.org.

The Republican Party led by Donald Trump has spread lies about a “rigged” election in the hopes of scaring away voters on Election Day. In response, the California Democratic Party is seeking Sacramento-area volunteers for our Protect and Promote the Vote (P2TV) hotline to answer voters’ questions and prevent voter intimidation. 

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