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Voting in California’s June 7 election? You must register by today

Election clerk Michael Coin, right, calibrates and checks voting machines as they prepare for the November 2012 election. Monday is the last day to register to vote for the June 7, 2016 presidential primary.
Election clerk Michael Coin, right, calibrates and checks voting machines as they prepare for the November 2012 election. Monday is the last day to register to vote for the June 7, 2016 presidential primary. rbyer@sacbee.com

People who want to vote in next month’s presidential primary election have to sign up by 8 p.m. Monday or mail a registration card postmarked by midnight Monday.

Only registered Republicans can vote in the GOP’s presidential primary, while the presidential primaries of the Democratic, American Independent, and Libertarian parties are open to voters without a party preference. Any no-party voter who wants to cast a ballot in those parties’ primaries – and plans to do so by mail – has to request that party’s presidential ballot.

But lawyers working for a group trying to increase turnout for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, contending that the rule is confusing, last week filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla and other election officials.

Registration rates normally increase in the months before major elections. As of April 8, California had almost 17.27 million voters, up slightly from 17.26 million voters in January.

Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc., which provides voter information to political campaigns, last week reported that there had been more than 1.5 million new registrants since the start of the year, both new voters and those who have re-registered. In the meantime, some voters have moved out of state or died.

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