For Immediate ReleaseOctober 12, 2020
Instances of unofficial collection receptacles reported across state
San Rafael, CA – Registrars of Voters at county governments throughout California are alerting voters about fraudulent ballot collection receptacles being placed by unauthorized individuals around California.
In Marin County, Registrar Lynda Roberts said October 12 that no such incidents had been identified in Marin County. “If a registered voter wants to place a signed mail-in ballot into a drop box, they need to make sure it’s a box installed by our Elections Department staff,” Roberts said. “If a voter is unable to return their own ballot, we recommend they designate someone they know and trust by completing the form at the top of the ballot return envelope.”
Voting is taking place at the Elections Department inside Suite 121 of the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. A drop box is in the hallway just outside the office door. In addition, there are two secure outdoor drop boxes at the Civic Center archways at which drivers can conveniently deposit the envelope:
Other official drop boxes can be found at the following locations around Marin County (additional sites may be added to the list, which can be confirmed online):
Elections Department hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or until 8 p.m. on Election Day. The department will be open the weekend before the election — October 31 and November 1 – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist voters with registration and voting.
In addition to dropping off ballots atone of the drop boxes listed above or using the U.S. mail, voters may use a ballot drop box at one of 29 polling stations that will be open October 31 through November 3. The list of polling stations and hours of operation are found on www.marinvotes.org.
Voters were assigned to a specific location for in-person voting and should refer to their Voter Information Guide/Sample Ballot for more information.
California laws allow Roberts’ staff to process returned ballots before Election Day, which helps produce final results faster after Election Day. Signature verification on vote-by-mail ballot envelopes takes time to ensure security and accuracy, so waiting until Election Day to drop off a ballot at a polling place delays certification of the election. Rest assured, however, that every eligible and timely vote will be counted.
Lynda RobertsRegistrar of VotersElections Department
Marin Civic Center Administration Building3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 121San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6401Email: Lynda RobertsElections website