SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Registrar of Voters Office Monday mailed an all-time high of about 840,000 ballots for San Diego County's June 3 primary election and opened its doors to those who want to vote early.
"If you know how you want to vote, grab that mail ballot when you get it, vote it and send it back in right away," Registrar Michael Vu said. "The sooner we get the ballot back, the sooner we can start processing it, so it will be counted right when the polls close at 8 p.m. on June 3."
Vu said the previous high of absentee ballots in the initial mailing to voters was 793,000 for the general election in 2012. Around 727,000 ballots were mailed to voters for that June's primary.
Registered voters can request a ballot by mail until May 27.
The registrar's office will accept walk-in on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office, now located at 5600 Overland Drive, will also be open Saturday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Election Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The primary election ballot features races for governor and other statewide offices; a congressional campaign between Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, former Councilman Carl DeMaio, businessman Kirk Jorgensen and surgeon
Dr. Fred Simon Jr.; a battle for county supervisor between incumbent Bill Horn and Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood; a challenge to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis from lawyer Robert Brewer and ex-prosecutor Terri Wyatt; and council races in various cities.
A fire that started in a garage badly damaged a home in Scripps Ranch on Sunday morning, a fire official said.
A seemingly wayward hot air balloon landed in a Ramona field on Sunday much to the surprise of on-lookers.
Several residents of an apartment complex in El Cajon were displaced Sunday after a driver accidentally crashed into their building.
An allegedly-intoxicated driver crashed down an embankment after trying to evade a pursuing sheriff's deputy Saturday night.
San Diegans are going online to raise money to help make ends meet amid a partial government shutdown prolonged by a impasse over President Trump's demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego played host to thousands of people demonstrating in the third annual Women's March, which also took place in dozens of other cities across the country.
Three people robbed a San Carlos jewelry store on Saturday afternoon, then fled before officers were able to arrive, police said.