Vote Safer San Diego
The San Diego County Registrar of Voters is committed to ensuring that voters can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure and accessible manner during the 2020 Presidential General Election.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, every registered voter in California will receive a ballot in the mail for the upcoming election.
Mail-in ballots give voters the option to vote from the safety of their homes.
What does this mean for you?
- All active registered voters in California will receive a ballot in the mail. Nearly 75% of the county’s registered voters are already signed up to permanently receive their ballot by mail so the San Diego County Registrar of Voters is well positioned to manage this increase.
- If you need to vote in-person, polling places will be open for four days, Oct. 31 through Election Day on Nov. 3.
What do you need to do?
Be Vote Ready!
- Check your registration information. Make sure your residence and, if different, your mailing address are up to date.
- Have you moved or changed your name? Whether you are new to San Diego County or just moved down the street you need to re-register to vote.
- Are you a first-time voter? Register to Vote – it takes less than 2 minutes!
Vote Safer San Diego!
We urge you to vote safer at home and we are making it easy for you. Ballots will start going out in the mail nearly a month before Election Day, giving you plenty of time to mark your ballot and return by mail.
Voting by mail is:
SIMPLE. A mail-in ballot, instructions and “I Voted” sticker will be mailed to all registered voters starting Oct. 5.
SAFER. Make voting decisions and mark your ballot comfortably at home.
SECURE. Seal your completed ballot in your postage paid envelope. Be sure to sign it, date it and return it by mail promptly so it is received well before Election Day. Your signature is required for your ballot to count! Sign your name like it appears on your driver’s license or ID card.
You can track your ballot every step of the way by signing up for “Where’s My Ballot?” Sign up now to receive notifications.
Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters starting the week of October 5. If you haven’t received yours by October 19, call the Registrar of Voters at (858) 565-5800.
Will there be polling places?
YES. Polling places will be open for four days. There will be fewer locations than in prior elections, so your polling place has most likely changed.
If you need to vote in person, we urge you to take advantage of early voting:
- At the Registrar’s office beginning Oct. 5, 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
don’t be surprised: Lines may be long.
Make sure you go to your assigned polling place. You can find your assigned polling place on the back of your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet or you can look it up online.
Be prepared. Mark your selections on your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet in advance so you can quickly fill in the official ballot in the voting booth.
We especially encourage older adults and people with underlying medical conditions to avoid long lines and crowded polling places by voting early.
Bring your face mask and plan to maintain social distance. The Registrar of Voters is adhering to the County’s public health orders and will make reasonable accommodations when needed to ensure the health and safety of all election workers, voters and observers to our office and polling places.
Learn more about the 2020 Presidential General Election.