Elections

Tuesday is Deadline to Request Mail Ballot for Nov. 19 Election

If you want to vote in the comfort of your own home, you only have a few days left to request a mail ballot for the Nov. 19 Special Municipal Election for San Diego Mayor. There are several ways to apply:

 

 

  • Complete the application included on the back of the sample ballot and voter information pamphlet mailed to each registered voter.
  • Download an application from the Registrar of Voters’ website at sdvote.com.
  • Fax or mail a letter to the Registrar of Voters. The request must include the voter’s name, registered address, name and date of the election, the address where the ballot is to be mailed, and the voter’s signature.

Applications and letters can be faxed to (858) 694-2955 or sent to the Registrar of Voters at P.O. Box 85520, San Diego, CA 92186-5520.

By state law, applications must be physically received by the Registrar of Voters no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12. They cannot be simply postmarked on that date.

Those who miss the deadline can vote in person at the Registrar of Voters office at 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite I, in Kearny Mesa between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Veterans Day, or at their neighborhood election poll on Nov. 19.

Voters who are already permanent vote by mail voters do not need to re-apply. Their ballots will be mailed automatically. For voters who need language assistance, election materials are also available in Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese.

Ballots mailed in before Election Day are among the first to be counted on Election Night because they can be prepared and scanned beforehand.

“As soon as the polls close, those mail ballots are counted,” said Registrar Michael Vu. “We can post the first set of results shortly after 8 p.m. because those mail ballots are already in-house so if you want your vote counted on Election Day, fill out your mail ballot as soon as you get it and send it back.”  

Vu expects more ballots will be cast by mail than by individuals going to the polls. So far, nearly 100,000 mail-in ballots have been sent back to the Registrar’s office.  

To learn more about voting in the Nov. 19 election, visit sdvote.com or contact the Registrar of Voters at (858) 565-5800.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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