Upcoming local midterm elections

How to register to vote

By Jenna Ethridge
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The 2018 United States Midterm Elections are occuring nationwide on Nov. 6, though the last day to register to vote is Oct. 22. Among the state and local elections also taking place, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 in the Senate will be included in the federal elections. Currently, both the House and Senate are controlled by the Republican party.

Individual voices are important and contribute to the fate of the majority, so ensure that if you over the age of 18, you are utilizing your civic right to vote. If you are a student at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and a resident of another county, you are required to register again for the Monterey County elections. If you want to vote on Monterey County issues, voter registration forms are available at a variety of government buildings, such as the Monterey County Election Department, located in the North Building at 1441 Schilling Place in Salinas. You can also register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov within minutes and in the convenience of your own home!

In terms of voting on Election Day, Monterey’s polling place will be located at 1370 South Main Street #B in Salinas. If you are unable to vote in person, absentee ballots are available for any registered voter to take advantage of and submit through the mail in advance. Applications are accepted either in person or by mail and are available on montereycountyelections.us for free.

Regardless of your political affiliation or involvement, voting is the perfect opportunity to have your voice heard, allowing you to see the changes that you want to be made be implemented throughout your county, state and nation.

As elections approach, The Lutrinae will be providing brief backgrounds of those running for local mayor positions, as well as explanations of the 11 propositions in question for Californians, so stay tuned!

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