- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

California’s June 7 primary election includes races for U.S. Senate, dozens of legislative races and 53 congressional races, and one measure placed on the ballot by the state Legislature. It is the third election since voters approved a system in which the top two vote-getters in each contest will advance to the November general election, regardless of their political party.

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VOTER REGISTRATION:

Statewide, 17.3 million people were registered out of 24.6 million eligible voters as of January. The secretary of state’s office has not released updated figures but political data analyst Paul Mitchell said more than 1 million additional voters have registered since then, which could push the voter rolls above 18 million, once outdated records are also expunged.

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PARTY BREAKDOWN:

Democrats — 43.1 percent

Republicans — 27.6 percent

No party preference — 24 percent

American Independent Party — 2.7 percent of voters are registered for this fringe party, but may not have intended to do so. According to a recent report by The Los Angeles Times, a majority of those registered in the ultraconservative party may have intended to register as independents.

Source: California secretary of state’s office January report of registration.

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PARTY PRIMARIES:

Voters who are registered Democrats can vote in Democratic primaries and the party also allows nonpartisan voters to cast ballots but they must return a card to their county clerks asking for a Democratic ballot to do so. Many clerks worry those nonpartisan voters won’t realize their oversight until it’s too late, losing out on the opportunity to cast a ballot for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In the GOP primary, only registered Republicans can vote, a less pressing issue now that Donald Trump is the presumptive party nominee for president, although Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will remain on the ballot.

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KEY DATES:

MAY 9: Election clerks begin mailing absentee ballots to voters.

MAY 23: Deadline to register to vote in the June 7 primary election.

MAY 31: Deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

June 7: Election Day.

June 10: Last day for clerks to receive and count vote-by-mail ballots postmarked no later than June 7.

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Visit:

California secretary of state: www.sos.ca.gov

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