Do you need to vote in-person?

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters is committed to ensuring that all voters can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure, and accessible manner during the 2020 Presidential General Election. Precautionary measures are in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

One option available to you is to vote your mail-in ballot from the safety and comfort of your home and return it promptly to a trusted source.

However, if you need to vote in-person that option is available too. You don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote. The Registrar urges you to avoid crowds and take advantage of early voting. You can do so now:

  • At the Registrar’s office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • At your assigned polling place or the Registrar’s office Saturday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All will again be open on Election Day, Nov. 3, when the voting hours change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you decide to vote in-person, don’t be surprised, lines may be long.

Be prepared.

Mark your selections on your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet in advance so you can quickly fill in your official ballot in the voting booth.

Voters will also need to fill out a ballot application before checking in. You can do this in advance as well. Print out the online form, fill it out and take it with you when you go to vote.

Make sure you go to your assigned polling place.

Your poll location has most likely changed. You can find your assigned polling place on the back of your sample ballot pamphlet or you can look it up online.

We especially encourage older adults and people with underlying medical conditions to avoid long lines and crowded polling places by voting early.


What you can expect.

The Registrar of Voters is adhering to the County’s public health orders and has put in place protocols to ensure the health and safety of election workers, voters and observers at our office, polling places and mail ballot drop-off locations.

What you can expect
  • All voters must wear face coverings. Voting accommodations will be made available for those who are unable to wear one
  • Hand sanitizer readily available when entering and exiting facility
  • Masks and gloves available for all visitors
  • Plexiglass barriers in use at the Registrar’s office and all polling places
  • Election workers will be wearing masks and in some cases face shields
  • Floor markers placed to maintain social distancing
  • Controlled path of travel when entering and exiting
  • Regular cleaning/disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces


What you can do.

Wear a face covering, maintain social distance, avoid gathering in groups, follow all signs and directions from election workers, and exercise patience. Wait times are expected because of the pandemic and high voter turnout.

Learn more about the Nov. 3 election.