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By Allison Jarrell

The SJC Voter Registration Project is holding nonpartisan voter registration events in San Juan Capistrano to encourage residents to register to vote before the cutoff on Oct. 24.

SJC Voter Registration Project organizers pose for a photo with District 1 City Council candidates Nathan Banda, left, and Sergio Farias, top right, as well as District 5 candidate Larry Kramer, center. Not pictured: District 5 candidate Mechelle Lawrence Adams. Photo: Allison Jarrell
SJC Voter Registration Project organizers at a recent nonpartisan registration event with District 1 City Council candidates Nathan Banda, left, and Sergio Farias, top right, as well as District 5 candidate Larry Kramer, center. Not pictured: District 5 candidate Mechelle Lawrence Adams. Photo: Allison Jarrell

The local group, which is a chapter of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, consists of San Juan residents and volunteers hoping to get out the vote in Districts 1 and 5 this November. Only residents in those two districts will be voting for Council candidates on Nov. 8 due to the city’s recent shift from at-large to by-district municipal elections. Two candidates are running in the northwestern District 1, and six candidates are running in the city’s southeastern District 5.

Thus far, the registration project has held events at Green Park, El Campeon, El Molino de Oro, Saddleback College the Old Capistrano Certified Farmers Market and at various community events on the weekends. The group has plans to continue hosting nonpartisan registration events at the farmers market each Wednesday, which runs from 3-6 p.m., in addition to hosting other events around town.

For updates on future voter registration events, follow the group on Facebook at “SJC Voter Registration Project.” Those interested in volunteering can contact Patricia Garcia at 949.874.3113 or garcpatwe@aol.com.

To view an interactive map of San Juan’s new voting districts, visit districting.sanjuancapistrano.org. Residents can register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov or www.iwillvote.com.

In other election-related news, the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce is hosting a City Council candidates forum on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. at El Adobe de Capistrano, located 31891 Camino Capistrano in downtown San Juan Capistrano. For more information on the public forum, click here.

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