California Secretary of State Debra Bowen encourages all eligible voters to participate in California’s primary election June 3.

She reminded Californians that democracy functions best when everyone participates and that every election is determined by the people who take the time to vote. Voters will be deciding a number of critical state and local issues, as well as picking candidates for national, state and local offices.

If you are not already registered to vote, you can do so online by May 19 at https://registertovote.ca.gov/.  Or you can find applications at post offices, libraries and some government offices, i.e. the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Registered voters receive the Secretary of State’s Official Voter Information Guide in the mail a few weeks before Election Day. Voting is easy, and every registered voter has a choice of voting by mail or in person at a local polling place.

The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot from your county elections office is May 27. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. All the tools and information you need to participate in elections are on California Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov or through the toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.