Deadline to register for Nov. 8 presidential election nears

SAN DIEGO — Just one more week is left to register to vote for the Nov. 8 general election, or to re-register for those who have moved or wish to change parties.

The deadline to register is next Monday, and can be done online at registertovote.ca.gov. Forms can also be obtained at many government offices, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, post offices, public libraries and county registrar of voters offices.

“If you’ve moved recently or changed your name, you’ll need to fill out a new registration form,” said San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu. “If you go online, the process is quick, easy and convenient.”

Forms are available in English, Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese.

Those who are registered are being encouraged to sign up for mail-in ballots. Because there are so many state and local propositions — some of them complicated — election officials hope that people will vote at home, which will reduce wait times at polling places next month.

The last day to apply for a mail ballot is Nov. 1. However, the faster the ballots are filled out and returned, the sooner the votes will be recorded, according to the Registrar of Voters Office.

The ballots and other voter materials are so big that the Board of Supervisors will be asked Tuesday to spend an additional $1.8 million to cover printing and mailing costs. Voters will receive a two-card ballot for the first time.

The election will determine races for president, members of Congress and the state Legislature, and decide 17 state propositions.

Locally, there are two countywide ballot measures — whether to raise the sales tax by a half-cent to pay for infrastructure projects and to approve or deny a development in the Lilac Hills section of Valley Center — and a dozen questions in the city of San Diego, including the Chargers’ plans for a downtown football stadium and convention center annex.

The ballot includes 21 other measures for voters in various cities and special districts — many of them proposed bond issues.

Also to be decided are high-profile runoffs for county supervisor, San Diego city attorney and San Diego City Council.

The Registrar of Voters Office at 5600 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those who want to fill out a ballot in person before election day. The office will also be open for weekend voting on Nov. 5-6.