We know that many of you have already voted. In fact, this year’s early voting has already surpassed 2016’s pre-election voting numbers. And, if you have not voted yet, you still have time.
There are two ways that you can vote: by mail-in ballot and in person.
Voting by Mail-In Ballot
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many California voters have decided to vote by mail. Starting in early October, every voter registered in California was sent a mail-in ballot and instructions. There are two ways you can return your mail-in ballot. Regardless of how you return your mail-in ballot, you MUST
- complete your ballot using blue or black ink,
- insert your ballot into the postage-paid envelope,
- date the back of your return envelope, and
- sign the back of your return envelope as it appears on your state-issued identification card or driver’s license.
The signature step is very important. The signature on your ballot will be compared to the signature on your Calfornia ID or driver’s license, and if there is a discrepancy, your ballot may not be counted.
Once your mail-in ballot is complete, you can return either by mail, or drop-off your ballot at one of San Diego County’s over one hundred drop-off locations.
Mailing Your Ballot
If you choose to mail your ballot, you must mail it at a U.S. Postal Service mailbox, your ballot must be postmarked on or before November 3rd, and it must be received by the county elections office no later than 17 days after the election. To find a post office or a mail collection box near you, you can use this USPS locator website. Before you mail your ballot, you can register here to get notifications when your ballot is received by the San Diego Registrar of Voters.
Dropping Off Your Mail-In Ballot
If you choose to drop off your mail-in ballot, San Diego County has over a hundred drop-off locations where you can turn in your signed and dated mail-in ballot. The drop-off locations will be open through Election Day. You can find a list of the San Diego County drop-off locations and their hours here.
If you decide to vote in-person expect long lines! You can prepare to vote by marking your selections on your sample ballot and bring it with you to complete your official ballot quickly. And, be sure to wear your mask and maintain social distancing to ensure your health and safety and the health and safety of all election workers, voters, and observers to our office and polling places. If you have not registered to vote, you MUST vote in-person to complete your conditional ballot.
There are two ways you can vote in person:
The San Diego County Registrar of Voters
The Registrar’s Office is open Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm from now until Monday, Nov. 2nd. On Election Day, the Registrar’s Office will extend their hours to 7 am to 8 pm.
Your Assigned Polling Place
Polling places open on Saturday, Oct. 31st, through Monday, Nov. 2nd, from 8 am to 5 pm. On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, the polling places will be open from 7 am and 8 pm. You can find your assigned polling place listed on the back of your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet, or you can look it up online here.
If you have any more questions about how, when, and where you can vote, you can find information on the California Secretary of State’s website, and the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website. Take care and happy voting!