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Conventions are over, now how to vote in November?

This election is officially Donald v. Hillary. What’s next?

Hillary Clinton officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States on Thursday night. Now that the election is officially Clinton versus Trump, what are the first moves each will take in the battle for the White House
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Hillary Clinton officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president of the United States on Thursday night. Now that the election is officially Clinton versus Trump, what are the first moves each will take in the battle for the White House

This month’s political conventions are in the rearview mirror. Now Republicans, Democrats and their allies will do their best to make sure their supporters turn out Nov. 8.

The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 24.

In California, the deadline to register to vote in the fall election is Oct. 24. New California residents who arrive after that deadline have until Nov. 1 to sign up. And people who become citizens after Oct. 24 can register to vote through Election Day.

The last day to request a mail ballot, meanwhile, is Nov. 1.

California had 17.9 million registered voters at the time of the June 7 primary election, representing a little less than three-quarters of those deemed eligible to vote. Registration rates – as well as turnout – typically rise for presidential elections.

Four years ago, 17.3 million people were registered for the June 2012 primary. By November of that year, almost 18.3 million people were signed up, and 72.4 percent of them cast ballots.

Neither Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is likely to make much of an effort in California, where Democratic nominees have easily prevailed in every election since 1988. But both state parties as well as other groups will be pushing to sign up friendly voters in competitive Assembly and state Senate districts around the state.

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