Mail ballot voters have options when it comes to turning in their ballots for the June 5 gubernatorial primary election. They can send in their ballot by mail, drop it off at the Registrar of Voters Office in Kearny Mesa or drop it off at any one of 41 additional sites throughout the county before Election Day. The drop-off sites will be open during each location’s regular business hours from Tuesday, May 29 through Election Day.
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.
“More than 1 million San Diego County voters use mail ballots, and that number continues to rise,” said Registrar Michael Vu. “The early drop-off sites are convenient for the voter, they help with the timely return of mail ballots and decrease the high volume of voters dropping off mail ballots at polling places on Election Day.”
Mail ballot voters can swing by one of 41 libraries across the county. These drop-off locations are not early voting locations, but for mail ballots only. Each mail ballot packet contains an insert with additional information about the drop-off sites.
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.
Meantime, early voting is already underway at the Registrar of Voters located at 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego, 92123 on the County Operations Center campus. Voters can cast their ballots there from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Election Day when the voting hours will change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to reflect the hours at the polls, or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3. The Registrar’s office will be closed on Monday, May 28 to observe Memorial Day.