Election officials began sending about 1.4 million snail mail ballots to Californiaâ€™s registered voters on Monday, as the state gears up for its June 3 primary.
The by-mail voting will kick off statewide races for almost every conceivable California office, including Congress, state Senate, Assembly, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, and attorney general.Â According Â toÂ westsidetoday.com, there are also two statewide measures on this yearâ€™s ballot: a veteran housing fund proposal, and a constitutional amendment measure related to state public records.
According to aÂ reportÂ in theÂ Los Angeles Times, the popularity of early voting by mail has spiked significantly, raising the pressure on campaigns to get the vote out extra early; in the stateâ€™s June 2012 primary, early voting represented 65% of all election balloting.
â€œThereâ€™s no such thing as election day any more,â€ said Allan Hoffenblum, publisher of the non-partisan California Target Book, in a statement to theÂ Times. â€œNow itâ€™s election month.â€
California residents can register to vote online at http://registertovote.ca.gov/ or through individual county websites. The deadline for voter registration is May 19. Voters can request mail-in ballots by calling the secretary of stateâ€™s voter hotline at 1-(800)-345-VOTE or by calling their county office.