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Voters have until Tuesday to request a mail ballot

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County voters who want to request a mail ballot for the Nov. 8 presidential general election have until Tuesday to beat the deadline, according to the Registrar of Voters office.
   
The request should be made by 5 p.m. Nov. 1 by visiting sdvote.com or by calling the registrar's office at (858) 565-5800, Registrar Michael Vu said.
   
Mail ballot voters have options when it comes to turning in their ballots. They can send it in by mail, drop it off with the registrar of voters office in Kearny Mesa, drop it off at one of the 24 additional sites throughout the county before Election Day, or drop it off at a polling location on
Election Day.
   
The drop-off sites will be open during each location's regular business hours from Oct. 31 through Nov. 7.
   
"More than 60 percent of county voters use mail ballots and that number continues to rise,'' Vu said. "It's convenient for the voter, it helps with the timely return of mail ballots and decreases the high volume of voters dropping off mail ballots at polling places on Election Day.''
   
The high number of contests means San Diego County voters will be getting a two-card ballot for the election with races listed on the front and back. The quicker ballots are returned to the Registrar's Office, the quicker they can be prepared for counting on election night, saving time and taxpayer dollars, Vu said.
   
Mail ballot voters can drop their ballot at 22 libraries across the county, at the Oceanside Civic Center or at a drive-through site at the Carlsbad Alga Norte Community Park. These drop-off locations are not early voting locations, but for dropping off mail ballots only, according to Vu.
   
Registrar of voters staff members will accept the mail ballots at the drop-off locations and follow specific protocols to maintain security. Registrar employees will also give out ``I Voted'' stickers.
   
Early voting is another option for voters who do not want to visit their precinct poll on Election Day.
   
The registrar of voters located at 5600 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa on the County Operations Center campus is accepting early voters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Election Day.
   
In addition, the registrar will be open next weekend between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

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