Registration open until Oct. 22 for presidential election

Mendocino and Lake counties residents are rushing to register in time for November's presidential election.

About 800 voters have signed up to cast ballots since Aug. 31, bringing the total number of registered voters to 48,673, said Katrina Bartolomie, assistant registrar of voters in Mendocino County.

"Presidential elections are always more interesting," she said.

A similar number of voters have registered in Lake County since September. That county now has 34,436 registered voters, officials said.

Between 12 and 40 people a day have been coming to the office to register, said Lake County Deputy Registrar of Voters Maria Valadez. A similar spike occurred before the primary election in June.

Prospective voters have until Oct. 22 to register, Bartolomie noted.

She urged people who have moved, changed their names or married to re-register. People can now register to vote online, she noted.

The last day to register for a vote by mail ballot is Oct. 30.

Absentee ballots began arriving in mail boxes this week, and more than 500 people already have returned their ballots in Mendocino County, Bartolomie said.

Only a handful of Lake County ballots have been turned in, said Valadez.

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