One day left to request vote-by-mail ballots in SLO County

Posted at 4:50 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 23:43:51-04

The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is Tuesday.

With eight days until Election Day, San Luis Obispo County is already seeing record-high numbers with more than 184,000 people registered to vote, up from about 176,000 in the previous presidential election.

"When you really think about it, the request that we get through tomorrow (Tuesday), we are just going to have barely enough time to be able to get those ballots in the mail to them and give them sufficient time to vote and return,” said San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong.

People can still go into the clerk-recorder’s office and pick up a ballot if they miss Tuesday’s deadline.

For people who are voting by mail this year, Gong encourages everybody to mail their ballots seven days before the election or post mark their envelope by Election Day.

So far, the county has received more than 82,000 vote-by-mail ballots, which is about 45 percent of the total registered voters in the county. That number is expected to go up by the end of the week.

To request a vote-by-mail ballot, call or email your local election’s office.

Eligible voters can still complete a conditional voter registration and cast their ballot up until Election Day.