Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the Feb. 5 presidential primary election.
Registration-by-mail forms are available throughout Stanislaus County, including at city halls, post offices, fire stations, libraries and county buildings. Stanislaus County residents also can obtain registration forms at the election office at 1021 I St., Modesto.
To vote, you must be a U.S. citizen and a California resident, and be at least 18 years old on Feb. 5. Voters cannot be in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony.
Absentee ballots must be requested by Jan. 29. By law, absentee ballots cannot be requested over the phone because a signature is required.
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A registered voter who would like to obtain an absentee ballot must send a written request containing his or her name, address, the address to which the ballot should be mailed and the voter's signature. Absentee ballots may be requested in one of three ways:
By filling out the vote-by-mail application on the back cover of the sample ballot booklet sent to each registered voter
By sending a letter to the Stanislaus County election office, 1021 I St., Modesto 95354
By going in person to the election office.
Election office staff are reminding voters that two political parties will allow "cross-over" voting from unaffiliated voters in the Feb. 5 election.
California's primary election system allows unaffiliated voters to vote either a nonpartisan ballot or a ballot from a political party, either American Independent or Democratic.
An unaffiliated voter is a voter who is registered as nonpartisan or is registered with a nonqualified political party. Qualified political parties include American Independent, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom, and Republican.
When casting an absentee ballot or voting at the polls on election day, an unaffiliated voter will be given the opportunity to choose a nonpartisan ballot or a ballot from either the American Independent or Democratic parties.
Unaffiliated voters who desire to vote a party ballot of any other political party must reregister and select that new party affiliation.
Telephone requests for registration forms may be made using the election office information number, 525-5200, or calling 525-5230 for assistance in Spanish. Additional information is at www.stanvote.com.
Kucinich in Modesto
Maverick Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is expected to appear at a campaign rally today from 3 to 4 p.m. at Graceada Park in Modesto. Kucinich's wife, Elizabeth Kucinich, will be at the rally at 3 p.m. Her husband is scheduled to join her later at the rally, according to organizers. The Ohio congressman is considered a long shot by many observers.
Democratic club to meet
The Central Valley Democratic Club will meet Monday to hear presentations on ballot measures and voting machines. The League of Women Voters will provide arguments for and against the propositions on the ballot for the Feb. 5 presidential primary. After this, Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan will give a presentation on voting machines that will be used in the election. The dinner meeting will begin at 6 p.m., with the presentations at 7, at Denny's, 1525 McHenry Ave. in Modesto. The CVDC also is looking for new members and volunteers. For more information, call 869-5609.