Elections

Have You Recently Moved? You May Need to Update Your Voter Registration

If you want to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential general election, you must register by Monday, Oct. 24. You will need to complete a new registration form if you recently moved or recently changed your name. If you’re not sure about your registration, check your status online at sdvote.com. If you’re not registered or need to change your registration, you’ll find that information there, too.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters is sending courtesy postcards to two groups of county voters in an effort to reduce unnecessary provisional voting at the polls on Nov. 8. One is going to approximately 20,000 mail ballot voters whom Postal Service records show have recently moved but have not re-registered. They will be receiving a postcard reminding them to complete a new registration form with their new home address. If they do not, they might not receive their mail ballot or voting information. They may also need to vote provisionally if they show up at their poll on Election Day.

“It’s important that these voters complete a new voter registration so they receive the correct ballot information before the election and so that they receive their mail ballot,” said Registrar of Voters Michael Vu. “If they don’t, by law we have to send their mail ballots to the address we have on file.”

The other postcard aims to help about 30,000 mail ballot voters who voted provisionally in the June election avoid that happening again on Nov. 8. If you vote by mail, the Registrar encourages you to vote and return that ballot promptly through the mail.

However, if you decide to vote at your assigned polling place, you must bring your mail ballot with you to surrender to poll workers at your poll. If you do not, you will be asked to vote provisionally. In addition, this election the mail ballot you receive will consist of two cards and you must bring both cards to surrender or you will need to vote provisionally.

Postcards will begin showing up in mailboxes this week. For more information, visit sdvote.com or call (858) 565-5800.

Tom Christensen is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact