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Polls are open for 4 days of in-person voting in San Diego County

Those who want to vote in person can vote early at their assigned polling place from Saturday, Oct. 31 - Tuesday, Nov. 3.

SAN DIEGO — In a first for a County of San Diego election, the polls for the Nov. 3 Presidential General Election will open for four days, starting on Saturday.

In light of COVID-19, voters were encouraged to vote from home using their mail ballot. This close to the election, voters are advised to not mail-in ballots, as they may not reach the registrar in time. 

For those who want to vote in person, they can vote early at their assigned polling place from Saturday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 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.

On Saturday, Ronald Koshik of El Cajon was out to drop off his ballot. 

“I decided to fill it out and drop it off because I don’t really don’t trust the mail system,” said Koshik. 

He feels the whole voting process has been confusing, from reading the voter's instructions to understanding the propositions and measures. And with the tense days ahead of the election, he's glad his community has been respectful at the polls.

Franziska Collier, site manager at Santee City Hall said the lines had been steady throughout the day on Saturday.

"We have really secure procedures over here so everybody fills out an application before voting,” said Collier. 

Late on Friday, the San Diego Registrar of Voters tweeted that they had already received 1 million ballots. For reference, during this time in 2016, we received 442,802 ballots. 

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Due to the pandemic and a predicted high voter turnout, the Registrar’s office is urging you to avoid long lines and crowded polling places by voting before Election Day itself.

There are fewer polling places than in past elections, and the location of your poll has most likely changed so check the back of your sample ballot and voter information pamphlet for your assigned poll before you head out to vote this weekend.

Your assigned poll was also included on the Registrar’s postcard reminder sent to voters last week or you can look it up at sdvote.com.

To vote in person, be prepared.

  • Go to your assigned polling place.
  • 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 the official 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

Remember 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 the return envelope, seal your completed ballot inside and return it to a mail ballot drop-off location or your assigned polling place.

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

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