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Time running out to register to vote

Deadlines are fast approaching for the 2002 general election season, with the El Dorado County Registrar’s Office planning to send out absentee ballots as early as Monday.

Voters have until 8 p.m. Election Day Nov. 5 to return them to a polling place.

Absentees have grown from 4,500 to 10,000 since March in the county, Registrar Michele MacIntyre reported.

“I’m really encouraging people to vote absentee,” she said.

There are currently 8,385 registered voters out of 23,000 residents in South Lake Tahoe.

The Registrar’s Office wants to remind residents they have until Oct. 21 to register in El Dorado County. In Douglas County, registration ends at 9 p.m. Oct. 5.

Registration forms are available at post offices, libraries, fire departments and Department of Motor Vehicles.

The primaries in March brought out 49.6 percent of the 90,000 registered voters in El Dorado County. South Lake Tahoe more than doubled its usual 12 percent participation among its registered voters.

MacIntyre wants to see even higher numbers in November, but she worries that an early winter in Tahoe may hinder a hefty turnout.

Beyond the high-profile state and federal races, the sample ballot is crammed with eight South Lake Tahoe candidates vying for three seats on the City Council. South Shore journalist and business administrator Claire Fortier will appear on the ballot, but she has declined to run.

There are also an assortment of initiatives.

The city has also taken the last spot on the ballot with Measure Z, an initiative to raise the business and professions license fees and transient occupancy tax by at least $1.

“We’re hoping that will get people out. They could make a real difference for the city,” MacIntyre said.

The state has kicked off voter registration week, with multilingual “Vote America” posters available online at the secretary of state’s Web site at http://www.ss.ca.gov.

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