SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Anyone who needs to register in order to vote in the special election deciding the next mayor of San Diego, must register by midnight on Monday, November 4.
More than 70,000 votes have already been cast to replace the disgraced Bob Filner as San Diego's next mayor.
"I think we need to get on about the business of making San Diego the place it deserves to be," voter Bennet Greenwald said.
Bennet and Karen Greenwald voted Monday because they're going to be out of town when the actual election takes place November 19. They talked to CBS News 8 about the traits they'd like to see in San Diego's next mayor.
"Character was a good one, experience, past dealings and how they got a long with people they'll have to deal with on a regular basis now," Karen Greenwald said.
But before you can vote you have to register. Monday is the last day to do that in time for the mayoral special election. And even though the registrar's office is now closed, it's not too late to do it on their website.
"There's a register to vote button and register online before midnight tonight," Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said.
Vu reminds us you also have to re-register if you've moved into the city from another area, and you can already vote during regular business hours now through Election Day at the registrar's office in Kearny Mesa.
On the 19th there will be 572 polling places around the city -- less than during a presidential election, but enough to make sure there's one close to your home. That means if you're registered to vote, you have no excuse not to do it.
"People don't get off their butts and vote, shame on them. And they complain heartily about what goes on," Bennet said.
The city has 675,000 registered voters. About 45 percent are expected to participate in this election, officially ending the gridlock created by a headlock.
"I think we have three major candidates of very high quality, so I think there's a lot of choice here and it'll be interesting to see how it comes out. But we're going to be better off, that's for sure," Bennet said.