Monday is the last day to register to vote for the March 12 special election to fill the seat of former state Sen. Juan Vargas, D- San Diego.
Vargas was serving in the 40th Senate District when elected to Congress in November. Hoping to replace him are Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego; businessman Hector Raul Gastelum; professor, author and businesswoman Xanthi Gionis; and nurse Anna Nevenic.
The election will be held in neighborhoods represented by Vargas before boundaries were changed a couple of years ago by redistricting. According to state law, elections to complete an office-holder's term are to take place using the same map as when the official was first elected.
Voting will take place in southern neighborhoods of the city of San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and National City.
People who are not currently registered, moved or changed their name will have to sign up with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office. Registration forms are online at sdvote.com, the Registrar of Voters office at 5201 Ruffin Road in San Diego, post offices, public libraries, city clerk offices and Department of Motor Vehicles offices.
Election materials are available in Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese.
Registration forms must be postmarked or delivered to the Registrar by Feb. 25th.
Another special election, for an open San Diego City Council seat, is set for March 26. The registration deadline for that vote is March 11, according to the registrar.
– City News Service