November 6, 2012 Presidential General Election Registration and Key Voting Dates

The State of California has made it easier to register to vote by offering online voter registration for this coming November 6, 2012 Presidential General Election.

To register online, visit to start the online process or learn more at The system will search the DMV database for your California driver license or ID card, date of birth and last four digits of your SSN. The Ventura County Clerk and Recorder Elections Division will contact you when the registration is approved or if additional information is needed.

You can also register to vote the old fashioned way by picking up a paper voter registration application at the Ventura County elections office, library, DMV or post office. More info at

To vote for the November 6th election you must register by October 22, 2012!

Beginning October 8th, you may vote at the County of Ventura Elections Division, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 805.654.2664 or 800.500.3555 for additional information.

If you receive a Vote by Mail ballot, you may mail that in starting October 8th. However, keep in mind that Vote by Mail ballots must be received by the Elections Division office or any Ventura County polling place no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. Completed Vote By Mail ballots may also be dropped off before Election Day at any of the 10 City Clerk’s offices countywide or in the 24-hour ballot drop off box located in front of the Hall of Administration at the Government Center in Ventura.

I love having the option of voting by mail. For many years I've been on "Permanent Vote by Mail" status and automatically receive my ballot so I can let it sit on my desk as I procrastinate until Election Day. If you want to receive a Vote by Mail ballot, either on a one-time or permanent basis, complete the form on the back page of the Sample Ballot you received in the mail. It must be received by 5 p.m. on October 30th (one day before HALLOWEEN!).

To find out if you are registered to vote, the Ventura County Clerk and Recorder Elections Division website has a handy tool where you type your name and date of birth. If you are registered, they tell you where your polling place is, not to mention the date you registered and what your party affiliation is (hmm, this seems overkill to me...if you know someone's name and birth date, you can find out their party affiliation).

I noticed when using the tool that you have to type the exact name you registered under. Nicknames or shortened names don't work. Visit to check this feature out.