For Immediate ReleaseOctober 05, 2020
There’s time to register and get a ballot by mail
San Rafael, CA – Ballots for the November 3 General Election have been sent to all active registered voters in Marin County as required by California Assembly Bill 860, and mail ballot voting is taking place at the Elections Department in San Rafael.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people allowed in the Elections Department at one time is limited to four, and visitors are expected to wear a face covering and practice safe physical distancing.
Those eligible to vote can still register by October 19 and automatically receive a ballot in the mail. After the deadline, eligible persons will have to register and vote at the Elections Department or register online at www.registertovote.ca.gov. During the late registration period from October 20 through 8 p.m. on Election Day, voters will have to fill out ballots in the Elections Department or visit their polling place to register and vote a provisional ballot when early voting starts on October 31.
Polling place voting will be different for the November election. There will be fewer locations that are open three days before Election Day for eight hours and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. as outlined in Senate Bill 423. Voters are assigned to a specific location and should contact the Elections Department if they have questions.
The assigned polling place is printed on the back cover of the voter information guide that was mailed to all voters on September 24-25, and hours of operation for early voting are posted at www.marinvotes.org. Voters may access their information guide by signing in to the Voter Information Portal on the Elections Department website.
Safety measures will be practiced at polling places as they are elsewhere — physical distancing, masks required, and a limited number of voters in the polling place at one time.
Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Instead of mailing, voters may drop their ballot at one of several drop boxes located throughout the county or at any polling place starting October 31. The list of drop boxes is printed in the voter information guide, is included with the ballot packet, and is posted at www.marinvotes.org.
Registrar of Voters Lynda Roberts said a voter unable to return a vote-by-mail ballot may designate someone to return it for them by filling out the form on the back of the return envelope. “I strongly encourage voters to only designate someone they know and trust,” Roberts said.
Those ballots must be returned within 72 hours. Voters may call (415) 473-6456 if they have questions or concerns.
Roberts reminds voters to sign their return envelope or the Elections Department cannot process the ballot. Voters will receive a letter if their signature is missing or doesn’t match their voter registration form so they can fix the problem.
If you’re not sure if you are registered to vote but plan to vote in this election, check the Voter Information Portal to find out, or call (415) 473-6456.
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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