Elections

Drop-off Options Added for Mail Ballot Voters

Mail ballot voters have options when it comes to casting their ballots for the June 7 Presidential Primary Election. They can send in their ballot by mail or they can drop it off at any of 22 additional sites throughout the county before Election Day.

The drop-off sites will be open during regular business hours from Tuesday, May 31 through Monday, June 6.

“The number of voters who opt to vote by mail continues to rise, and this program helps with the timely return of mail ballots, decreases the high volume of voters dropping off mail ballots at polling places on Election Day and expands our services,” said Registrar Michael Vu.

The quick return of mail ballots speeds up the overall counting process because they can be prepared before Election Day, saving time and taxpayer dollars. Mail ballot voters can swing by one of 21 libraries across the county or at a convenient drive-through option located at the Carlsbad Alga Norte Community Park. These drop-off locations are not early voting locations, but for mail ballots only.

Registrar of Voters staff members will accept the mail ballots at the drop-off locations and follow specific protocols to maintain security. Registrar employees will also give out “I Voted” stickers.

Registered voters can request a mail ballot until Tuesday, May 31. Applications must be physically received by the Registrar of Voters no later than 5 p.m. They cannot be simply postmarked on that date.

Each mail ballot packet contains an insert with additional information about the drop-off sites.

Meantime, early voting is already underway at the Registrar of Voters located at 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego, 92123. Voters can cast their ballots there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Election Day when the voting hours will change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to reflect the hours at the polls, or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Jun. 4 and Sunday, Jun. 5. The Registrar’s office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

For additional election information, call (858) 565-5800 or visit sdvote.com.

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact