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As deadline looms, voter registration surges in LA County




The Los Angeles County Clerk, Arts for LA and United Way coordinated the student voter drive with North Hollywood High School's Youth Policy Institute, an after-school program.
The Los Angeles County Clerk, Arts for LA and United Way coordinated the student voter drive with North Hollywood High School's Youth Policy Institute, an after-school program.
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California's June 7th primary is a little more than two weeks away.

The really important deadline to know? This Monday, May 23 is the deadline to register.

A surge of new voters have already added their names to the registration rolls in California. According to Political Data Inc., more than 850,000 new California voters have registered in the lead up to the primary.

In Los Angeles County, Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan says that since January of this year, 196,000 new voters have registered and more are expected to sign up in the last few days before the deadline.

"This has been sort of unprecedented for a primary season," Logan says. "Typically this is the kind of activity and volume that we would see leading up to a presidential general election."

The new voters are mostly young— about 61 percent are under the age of 30. And Logan says that's encouraging because "for years people have been trying to bring up that age group's participation in election."

If you haven't yet registered to vote, Logan says it only takes about two minutes to register online at lavote.net.

And if you are registered to vote, it's still a good idea to check to make sure you're registered with the party whose candidates you want to see on your primary election ballot. The deadline to change your party affiliation is also close of business on Monday.

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