For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 28, 2020
Voting by mail is the safest way to cast a ballot during COVID-19 pandemic
San Rafael, CA – Anxious about the November 3 General Election? There are a number of ways voters can help to ensure a smooth election, mitigate public health risks, and reduce lines at Marin County polling places.
Roberts said one way to put voters at ease is to vote by mail because it will be the safest way to vote during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, state laws have changed this year to require all active registered voters in California to receive a ballot by mail. Typically, at least 75% of Marin’s voters have voted by mail in recent years.
Marin County Public Health is discouraging people from gathering in numbers without stringent social distancing in place. Precautions will be in place at all Marin polling stations, but voting by mail will best mitigate interactions and speed up the vote tabulation process. And mailing or dropping off your completed ballot as early as possible will ensure your ballot is received on time.
Here are more suggestions voters can take:
California laws allows 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 your ballot at a polling place delays certification of the election. Rest assured, however, that every eligible and timely vote will be counted.
The Marin County Elections Department is at 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 121, San Rafael. Although Roberts is encouraging that business be conducted remotely if possible during the COVID-19 emergency, the department is open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Only a few visitors are allowed in the office at one time as a public health precaution. The department will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day for registering and voting provisionally.
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Lynda RobertsRegistrar of VotersElections Department
Marin Civic Center Administration Building3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 121San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6401Email: Lynda RobertsElections website