California June 3 Primary Kicks Off with By-Mail Early Voting

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Election officials began sending about 1.4 million snail mail ballots to California’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. According  to westsidetoday.com, there are also two statewide measures on this year’s ballot: a veteran housing fund proposal, and a constitutional amendment measure related to state public records.

According to a report in the 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 state’s June 2012 primary, early voting represented 65% of all election balloting.

“There’s no such thing as election day any more,” said Allan Hoffenblum, publisher of the non-partisan California Target Book, in a statement to the Times. “Now it’s election month.”

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 state’s voter hotline at 1-(800)-345-VOTE or by calling their county office.