Elections

Polling Places Open Saturday – Do You Know Where to Vote?

Video by Suzanne Bartole
Registrar of Voters Michael Vu walks through the process of voting at the Mira Mesa Recreation Center, one of 235 super polls for the Nov. 3, 2020 Presidential General Election.

You don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote. Voters can take advantage of early voting at their assigned polling place Saturday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 and a predicted high voter turnout, the Registrar’s office encourages older adults and people with underlying medical conditions to avoid long lines and crowded polling places by voting before Election Day.

Hours at the polls and the Registrar of Voters office will change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3. You should prepare for long lines.

To vote in person, be prepared.

  • Go to your assigned polling place. The location is listed on the back of your sample ballot and voter information pamphlet and also included on the Registrar’s postcard reminder sent to voters last week. Or you can find it online.
  • Be “vote ready.” Mark your selections on your sample ballot in advance so when you go inside the voting booth, you can quickly fill in your ballot.
  • Wear your face mask and maintain social distance. If you forget your mask, poll workers will give you one. Voters who are unable or unwilling to wear a facial covering or mask will be assisted outside at a social distance and will be able to vote outside.
  • Follow all instructions provided by poll workers.

The Registrar of Voters is adhering to the County’s public health orders and has put in place protocols to ensure the health and safety of election workers, voters and observers at the Registrar’s office, polling places and mail ballot drop-off locations. This includes:

  • Hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the facility
  • Masks and gloves
  • Plexiglass barriers and floor markers to ensure social distancing
  • A defined path of travel throughout the facility
  • Regular cleaning/disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Poll workers wearing gloves, masks and in some cases, face shields
  • Poll workers undergoing a temperature screening before their shift

Campaigning or electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place or mail ballot drop-off location is not allowed. This includes the visible display or audible dissemination of information that advocates for or against any candidate or measure on the ballot.

Voters can still save themselves the trip and mark their ballot from home. Be sure to sign and date your return envelope, seal your completed ballot inside and return it to a mail ballot drop-off location or at your polling place.

You can confirm your ballot was received by the Registrar’s office online at sdvote.com.

To learn more about Vote Safer San Diego and voting in the Nov. 3 election, visit sdvote.com or call (858) 565-5800.

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