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Monday is the last day for Californians to register to vote

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — November’s general election is coming up fast. There are two weeks left before Election Day, Nov.3. and Monday, Oct. 19 is the last day to register to appear on voter rolls.

To register to vote online, visit the California elections website

Voters can also use that website to check to make sure they're registered. A voter will need their California driver's license number and the last four digits of their social security number to log in.

However, voters who miss the Oct. 19 deadline will still be able to vote.

They will need to show up at their polling location or elections office where they will register and vote provisionally.

Their ballots will be processed and counted once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

As of Monday, Santa Barbara County election officials have counted more than 67,000 votes. That's just over 28% of eligible voters.

One of those voters is Paige Holloway who voted for the first time. "It feels really good to have a say in everything this year," said Holloway.

The cutoff to register to vote and appear on this year's voting rolls is Monday at midnight. That's why Holloway wanted to get her vote in early.

"I kind of didn't want it weighing on me and I knew what I wanted to do," said Holloway. "So I thought I'd take the initiative now and not when it's super busy."

Those who have not yet received their mail-in ballot should check to make sure they are registered.

Monday's deadline ensures that eligible voters appear on voter lists at precincts. Those who miss the deadline will still be able to register and vote up until election day.

Ann Sullivan voted Monday with her husband. They're not sure people should be allowed to register on Election Day.

"It seems too rushed, too hurried," said Sullivan. "And I don't know if they can accurately do whatever they have to do to confirm the person's identity."

Holloway disagreed. "I feel like everyone should, especially if they have an opinion. I don't know, I think it's good that we have a longer time frame."

After Monday's registration deadline, you will have to go to one of the county elections offices in Santa Barbara, Lompoc or Santa Maria. Or you can wait until election day and register and vote in-person at a polling location.

Election officials said those who register in-person on election day will vote provisionally. Once their registration is verified, their vote will be processed.

Polls will open early to allow more time to vote starting Saturday, Oct. 31 and running through Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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