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Voter Registration in LA County Up 25 Percent from 2008

Officials attribute online voter registration as the key for the spike.

With the deadline to register to vote 19 days away, registration is proceeding at a record-setting pace, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk reported Wednesday.

Last month, about 150,000 Los Angeles County residents registered to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election. That's a 25 percent increase from September 2008, when 120,000 people registered to vote in the election that was ultimately won by Barack Obama.

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan attributed last month's spike in registrations to the new ability to register online.

"Online voter registration is fast, convenient and secure. In a short time, we have seen the impact of this expanded access," Logan said.

There are still about 3 million county residents who are eligible, but not currently registered, to vote, according to the registrar's office.

The deadline to register to cast a ballot on Nov. 6 is Oct. 22.

Los Angeles County residents can register online at www.lavote.net.

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