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Today's the First Day to Absentee Yourself

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Today is the first day you can sign up to be an absentee voter in California for the Feb.5 Primary. To do so, click here and fill out the form.

The application must be received by election officials no later than midnight on Jan. 29.

More than half the total votes in California's Primary could be mailed in, and many of those ballots will be cast long before Election Day. (AP)

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The use of mail-in ballots has grown rapidly in California in recent years, and analysts predict it could hit a record in 2008. In 2000, about one-fourth of the ballots cast in the presidential election came by mail. That grew to 33 percent in 2004. This year, analysts and campaign officials say it could be more than half.

Some 4 million voters in the state are enrolled as "permanent absentee voters," meaning early ballots for the primaries will automatically go to their homes. (AP)

You may have already received some mail and or calls from candidates who are pressing for votes. This is where the better funded campaigns have an advantage over the candidacies of potential nominees with less money. Hillary Clinton, for example, already has about 1,700 volunteers and a staff that has been working in California since May. Rudy Giuliani is staking his nomination on California (and the 20 other states voting that day) and has invested considerable funds and staff in California's 173 Republican delegates.

Democracy at its finest.

Polling data after the jump and the most useful website you will ever see if you are an undecided voter.