Registration deadline approaching

nside a locked room, county election officials methodically load ballots into computers after election day in November 2012 at the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder's offices in Norwalk. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

For Los Angeles County residents who want to cast a ballot for a new sheriff, governor or member of Congress on June 3, the deadline to register to vote is fast approaching.

Monday is the last day to register for the upcoming primary election, which includes an array of races for county, state and national office, as well as two statewide ballot measures, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Primary elections in California used to be party-based. But under the state's top-two primary system, first used two years ago, all candidates appear on a single ballot regardless of party affiliation. Voters of all parties cast ballots for the candidates and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the runoff in November.

Voters can register online on the county registrar-recorder's website; in person at the registrar's office, at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk; or in person at public libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, U.S. post offices and most government buildings.

After submitting their applications, voters can check their registration status online.

For election assistance in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai or Vietnamese, call (800) 481-8683. 

-- Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times