The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Monday, Oct. 22.
Applications submitted online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov prior to midnight Monday will be honored, as will paper forms postmarked by the deadline. Paper applications are available at the Petaluma Regional Library, City Hall, Department of Motor Vehicle and the post office.
This is the first year voters in California can register online, which has spurred nearly 4,000 new voters in Sonoma County, the Press Democrat reported this week.
California residents may register to vote if they are U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old by Election Day, not considered mentally incompetent and not precluded because of certain criminal convictions. A person must re-register to vote after moving, changing names or changing political party preference.
For more information, contact the Sonoma CountyRegistrar of Voters Office at (707) 565-6800.
In this fall's election, Petaluma voters will cast ballots for the city council, school board, state and congressional legislators, proposed initiatives and, of course, the next president.
Want to know more about the upcoming election? Check out Petaluma Patch's Fall Election Guide, which features Q&As with council candidates and detailed stories about ballot initiatives.