County Elections Officials Swamped With Registrations

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 20, 2008

Doug Lewis calls it an almost impossible task for counties to work through all of the new registrations in time for Election Day.

 “There's just not enough time"

Lewis is the Executive Director of the National Association of Elected Officials.  He says nationwide counties are doubling their staffs to process the unprecedented number of new registrations.  He says in California it’s especially tough since the state has a later voter registration deadline than many states:

“They only have 15 days in which to get all of that data entered and it is putting an enormous strain on all of the voter registrars in California.”

Lewis says in most states counties get 28 to 30 days before election day to process the new registrations.  However, there are some states with even later deadlines.  The California Secretary of State’s office was receiving 20-thousand voter registration cards a day as the deadline neared.