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Are you registered to vote? Oct. 22 deadline approaches

Did you know you can now register to vote online?

The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 6 election, which includes the presidential race and a number of state initiatives, is Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Eligible California residents with a driver’s license or valid state ID card can now register or update their voter registration online.

Federal law requires that UC and other higher education institutions make a good faith effort to distribute voter registration materials to all students, so UC has created an online resource for students that anyone can use to register to vote and find out more about voting in the Nov. 6 election.

This online resource includes a range of links from the California Secretary of State’s office, including:

You can also request a voter registration form from the California Secretary of State by calling toll-free at (800) 345-VOTE. To vote in the Nov. 6 election, your registration form must be completed, signed and postmarked at least 15 days before election day, that is, by Monday, Oct. 22.

After you register, be sure to exercise your voting rights! Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.

In addition to the presidential election, several initiatives are on the ballot, including Proposition 30, sponsored by Gov. Jerry Brown, which would raise new state revenue through temporary tax increases. The UC Regents endorsed the measure, noting that if it fails, state funding for UC would be cut another $250 million this year and $125 million next year.

NOTE: The University of California cannot tell people how to vote, and UC employees are precluded by law from using state resources, time or equipment to lobby either for or against any ballot measure. The university can, however, share factual information about a ballot measure’s impact on the university. And members of the UC community are free to participate in political activities on their own time and using their own resources.

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