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More California voters opting for mail-in ballots; it’s not too late to get yours

Posted at 12:16 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 15:16:15-04

More than 1.4 million Californians have already cast their ballots in the state primary election.

California election officials mailed more than 11.5 million ballots to registered voters. As long as a ballot is postmarked by June 5, it can arrive up to three days later and still be counted.

Many ballots come in near the deadline so counting continues for weeks, delaying winners in close races.

Traditionally, only voters who request vote-by-mail ballots get them. This year, five counties are experimenting by sending vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters. They are Sacramento, Nevada, San Mateo, Madera and Napa counties. Election officials say it’s too early to tell if the move increases turnout.

May 29 was the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to you. However, voters can still receive a vote-by-mail ballot by visiting their county clerk-recorder’s office in person.

There’s also still time to register to vote. Those who missed the May 21 voter registration deadline can visit their county elections office between now and June 5 and complete the Conditional Voter Registration process. Conditional ballots will be processed once the county elections office has verified the voter’s registration information.

The primary features races for all statewide offices, all 53 U.S. House members and most legislators.

Click here for more information on voting in San Luis Obispo County.

Click here for more information on voting in Santa Barbara County.