SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than half of the mail-in ballots distributed to voters around San Diego County have been returned as of Monday, according to Registrar Deborah Seiler.
She told City News Service that 901,816 absentee ballots were sent out, and 464,127 had been returned as of this afternoon. About 58 percent of registered Republicans had returned their ballots, compared to 52 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of those who declined to state a preference, according to the registrar.
"The voter interest is really very healthy," Seiler said. Around 1,900 people went to the Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa on Saturday to cast ballots, a very solid total, she said.
She said she expects most of the outstanding mail-in ballots to be returned by the time polls close Tuesday night. Throughout the rest of today, people with ballots can drop them off at the registrar's office at 5201 Ruffin Road, roughly off Interstate 15 and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.
"It'll be easier tomorrow, they can go to any polling place and drop off their ballot," Seiler said.
The strong early rate of returns for the ballots mean that the initial release of results on election night could be higher than her original prediction of 25 percent of the vote, which she made at a meeting with media representatives last month.
"We could have pretty close to 30 percent (of the count) released at 8 p.m., if we have a 75 percent turnout," Seiler said.
San Diego area voters will help choose a president, senator and a variety of local and state legislators; decide whether to approve tax hikes proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and whether to abolish the state's death penalty; and consider another construction bond for the San Diego Unified School District.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.