For Immediate ReleaseAugust 28, 2020
We’ve all been adjusting to a “new normal” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The same will be true for the November 3 general election. This will not be business as usual, and news about potential delays in U.S. mail processing is causing some anxiety. But California has many laws in place to ensure smooth processing of ballots:
Voters may visit the Marin County Elections Department starting October 5 to receive a vote-by-mail ballot early, receive a replacement ballot, register and vote, or vote on an accessible ballot marking device.
There will be fewer polling places for this election because of state executive orders and legislation. They will be open October 31, November 1, and November 2 for eight hours each day, and of course on November 3, Election Day, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters needing to go to their assigned polling place for a replacement ballot, to register and vote, or to vote on an accessible marking device are advised to go before Election Day to avoid lines. Masks and social distancing protocols will be required at all polling places and a limited number of people at any one time will be allowed in the polling place for the safety and protection of poll workers and other voters.
Voters can help to ensure a smooth election and reduce lines at polling places by:
Remember, in California we can process your returned ballot before Election Day, which helps us to produce final results faster after Election Day. Signature verification on vote-by-mail ballot envelopes takes time to ensure security and accuracy. Dropping off your return ballot on Election Day requires time to count and process your ballot, delaying certified results.
All voters should make a safe voting plan. With voters as our partners, the Elections Department staff can make this a smooth and safe election for everyone.
Lynda RobertsRegistrar of VotersElections Department
Marin Civic Center Administration Building3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 121San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6401Email: Lynda RobertsElections website