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Organized groups work to get voters to the polls today

Efforts made to register at least 40,000 state college students before Election Day

Janitors, politicians, teachers, and others are working hard to encourage people to vote in today's election.

"When working families vote, we win," said Josie Camacho, executive secretary-treasurer of the Alameda Labor Council, a union for working families.

"Every single vote counts," she said in a statement.

Ballot items for Californians voting in the election include the state's next governor, lieutenant governor, and an array of statewide policy measures.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is running for lieutenant governor, has been touring with gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown to promote their campaigns and help get out the vote. Beginning Friday, Brown and Newsom attended rallies in Berkeley, Oakland, Stockton, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Salinas. Their run ended Monday and included 17 stops at events across the state.

California state universities have also been working to get people to vote with a statewide initiative to register 10 percent of campus populations to vote. At least 40,000 students registered as a result of the initiative, according to the California State Student Association, with notable registration at San Francisco State University.

Chris Chavez, CSSA president said in a statement, "Democracy only works when people are engaged; students simply can't afford to sit this one out."

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