Election 2016 is just around the corner.

Over the past days, weeks, and months, much reporting has been done about the election.

But, it seems most of it has focused on the presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Or on polls tied to local and state races and ballot initiatives.

Meanwhile, we felt that there had been a lack of coverage of interesting facts and figures related to the voters, such as voter registration stats and get out the vote efforts taking place across the state of California.

So, in an effort to help fill the gap, we bring you Election 2016: Top Voter Facts and Figures.

Voter Registration Stats

Voter registration for the state of California is administered through the CA Secretary of State’s office.

Starting about two months prior to the election, the @CASOSvote team and others began reporting on the state’s voter registration statistics.

18,251,826 registered voters in CA as of Sept. 9, reports @CASOSvote. More voters than residents of 46 states.

— John Myers (@johnmyers) October 5, 2016

Do you need to #RegisterToVote? There's still time! Visit: https://t.co/jAVuYZy5oY pic.twitter.com/yrqAKyvzBi

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) October 6, 2016

The deadline to register in order to vote in the election being held on November 8 was October 24.

In the final two days, more than half a million Californians registered or updated their existing registrations. And more than half of those voters were under 35!

We asked. You listened. A record 297,370 online voter reg. transactions Oct. 24 – most ever. Total over 48 hrs before deadline 501,206. pic.twitter.com/rsoPu48QbR

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) October 25, 2016

@CASOSvote: Voters ages 17 – 35 accounted for 58% of all online voter registration on the final two days before the registration deadline.

— Scott Lay (@scottlay) October 25, 2016

Outreach to Today’s Youth

Speaking of young people, the CA Secretary of State’s office made a concerted effort this fall to get teens more involved in the political process.

On October 11, high schools across the state participated in a Student Mock Election.

Schools across CA are participating in the Student Mock Election! Sec. Padilla visited Venice H.S. today. Is your school participating? pic.twitter.com/FOgRFGBW1T

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) October 11, 2016

The @CASOSvote team also encouraged high schoolers to become poll workers, promoting the opportunity to “Learn while you earn $$$.”

Students—learn while you earn! Sign up now to serve as a poll worker this November! https://t.co/W27Wf8GwF0 pic.twitter.com/R4V8Eegxzu

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) October 6, 2016

On a related note, residents of San Francisco might want to check out Prop F. It’s a local ballot measure that would allow SF residents to begin voting at age 16, so long as they are U.S. citizens and registered to vote.

Sports + Politics FTW (For The Win)

In addition to reaching out to young people, CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla took his voter registration efforts to sports fans.

In September, Padilla appeared at a San Francisco Giants home game to encourage voter registration in partnership with HeadCount.

Secretary Padilla is at @SFGiants AT&T Park encouraging voter reg! You can register today with @HeadCountOrg at O'Doul PL & Mays PL pic.twitter.com/qIknaEjBCm

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) September 30, 2016

Then, in October, Padilla made a special trip to Oracle Arena to encourage voter registration during a Golden State Warriors home game.

Spreading the word on #WarriorsGround! October 24 is California's voter registration deadline. @warriors https://t.co/jAVuYZy5oY pic.twitter.com/sg2idiqnej

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) October 22, 2016

CA Embraces Multi-Lingual Access and Information

California is a diverse state where citizens speak many languages.

Accordingly voters can register in 10 different languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

#RegisterToVote online in: English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, or Vietnamese https://t.co/jAVuYZy5oY pic.twitter.com/unrcUdTc7R

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) October 24, 2016

In addition to accommodating multiple languages when it comes to voter registration, the CA Secretary of State’s office provides online voter information in 10 languages.

Get translated information about the November 8, 2016 General Election on the Secretary of State’s website: https://t.co/hwK9q0Hcwx. pic.twitter.com/csl1odux6e

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) October 26, 2016

The Impact of Technology

With one of the presidential candidates being famous (or perhaps infamous) for his Twitter activity, it should perhaps come as no surprise that social media has played a large role in voter registration, as well.

.@Facebook drives big spike in California online voter registrations. Story via @sfgate: https://t.co/JWBsceDgNS

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) September 30, 2016

But ballot selfies are not allowed.

Today, a federal court judge denied a request to allow “ballot selfies” for California’s November 8, 2016 General Election. pic.twitter.com/e7lcb8832f

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) November 2, 2016

That said, you can still use your smartphone at the polls. In fact, there’s an app for that.

Download @CASOSvote's new Vote California app on your iPhone or Android now! to learn more visit: https://t.co/bJykBjZpao pic.twitter.com/wUiFLpzeYc

— CA SOS Vote (@CASOSvote) November 1, 2016

Learn More

To learn more about voting in San Francisco, please check out the Reset SF voter guide.

And to learn more about the California Voter Bill of Rights, please be sure to check out the informative yet adorable video below!

Know your rights as a California voter. This video from @CASOSvote lays it all out. #MakeYourMark https://t.co/zfepUu7Itd

— Dean Logan, RR/CC (@LACountyRRCC) October 26, 2016


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