Voter Registration Efforts in High Gear on Last Day to Register Before Nov. 4 Election

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Lasbia Batista cuts Jose Bejarano's hair as Marco Garcia casts his ballot in the June 3, 2014, primary at Utah's Barber Shop in Long Beach. L.A. County posted the lowest turnout in the state for the June 3 primary: 16.97%. (Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election, and activists have been working hard to sign people up.

Voter participation typically drops when there is no presidential contest on the ballot. But there are several close races for Congress and the Legislature in California, and whichever party does the better job of getting its voters to the polls is likely to determine the outcomes in those contests — as well as whether the dominant Democrats regain their full legislative supermajority.

Several local jurisdictions throughout the state are holding elections as well. In Los Angeles County, for example, the race to succeed retiring Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is one of the hottest contests this fall.

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