ARLINGTON, Va. — The California Secretary of State’s office wants state residents overseas to know they have until Oct. 24 to register for a special statewide election Nov. 8, a state official said Tuesday.

Troops from California can contact their county election offices to get absentee ballots, said Susete Machado, a voter outreach analyst for the California Secretary of State’s Office.

Machado said some of the propositions on the ballot include:

Requiring girls to get parental notification or go through a waiting period before having an abortion.Requiring public school teachers to complete a probation period between two and five years before getting tenure.Prohibiting public employees from using their union dues toward political contributions.Other issues on the ballot include placing limits on school spending, creating a prescription drug program for moderate- to low-income state residents and requiring that electricity providers be regulated by the state, according to the Secretary of State’s Web site.

Machado said troops from California can learn more about the election by going to the Secretary of State’s Web site at or calling (916) 657-2166.

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