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Board of Education Endorses Voter Education and Participation Month

Partnership Encourages Eligible Citizens to Register and Vote in the June 6 Primary Election

Close-up of hand marking a ballot sheet

The Sacramento County Board of Education has passed a resolution endorsing a partnership with Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to designate April as "Voter Education and Participation Month."

"If we are to be a true 'government of the people,' then it's our responsibility as educators to inform the public about their rights regarding the ballot box," said Sylvia J. Ruiz, Board President. "Our board is requesting that each school and administrator in Sacramento County let students, teachers, and staff know the significance of participating on Election Day. It's important that citizens register and vote."

Deadlines and Information About the June 6, 2006 Primary Election

    The last day to register to vote in the June 6 election is May 22. However, to ensure that you receive your sample ballot and other materials, it is recommended that you register to vote no later than May 8. Registering to vote is simple, convenient, and important. You can use the Secretary of State's on-line registration system available at, or you can obtain a form at city hall.
    Any registered voter can apply to vote by mail. An application for an "absentee ballot" will be sent to you in the" sample ballot" mailed to you by your election official. You may also want to apply to be a "permanent absentee voter" so that you don't have to apply for a ballot at each election but, instead, one will automatically be sent to you. The last day that an application to vote by mail can be received by the elections official is May 30; but, again, it is a good idea to apply early.
    The location of your polling place will be listed on the back of your sample ballot. You can also find it by calling your county elections office, or online at
    The polls will be open Tuesday, June 6, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Whether you vote at a polling place or by absentee ballot, your ballot must be received by the election official not later than the close of the polls.