Polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday

Posted at 7:39 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 23:26:51-05

The Presidential Election is less than a day away.

While thousands of San Luis Obispo County voters have already cast their ballots, many have not.

You still have plenty of options if you haven't voted yet but keep in mind, 8 p.m. on Election Day is the deadline to get your vote in.

"Right now, so far, I have 117,000 ballots cast," said Tommy Gong, San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder.

Of those, 110,000 will be in the first report released at 8 p.m. on Election Night.

"I've never had so many vote-by-mail ballots being cast so early," Gong said.

He says early voting for the month of October will be in the initial results, too.

The first three days of voting at the service centers will be in the second wave of results around 9 p.m.

Meantime, if you still need to turn in your ballot, 19 ballot drop box locations are scattered throughout San Luis Obispo County. Ballots can also be dropped off at any of the 23 voter service centers which many took advantage of over the weekend.

"We had about 1,400 voters vote during the weekend so that helps offset some of the lines we are anticipating on Election Day," Gong said.

With no line at the Morro Bay Community Center location on Monday, voter Deborah Koeppel made a stop there one day before the election.

"I was worried about long lines for tomorrow," Koeppel said.

Election workers say it's important to plan ahead.

Voter service centers are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

"Probably mid-day is when it's going to be the busiest," said election worker Tom Nishikawa.

Mid-morning and mid-afternoon are typically slower.

It's not too late to register to vote, either.

All of the voter service centers have conditional registration forms on hand that can be filled out. You'll need your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

"And then they will be given a ballot to vote that will be put into this envelope and be determined given that they're eligible to vote and they didn't vote elsewhere in the state, then we'll be able to count this ballot during the canvass," Gong said.

Implemented in 2018, Gong says as many as a couple thousand people have registered to vote the day-of.

Before heading out the door to vote, the Clerk-Recorder's Office wants to remind you to bring your own pen and to also wear a mask.

The Clerk-Recorder says there will most likely be three to four updates with results on Election Night at the top of each hour.

184,050 voters registered this election in San Luis Obispo County, marking a record for the region.

There are 30 drop box locations in Santa Barbara County and 35 voter service centers.