EARLY VOTING BEGINS FOR NEW SAN DIEGO MAYOR

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October 22, 2013 (San Diego) – Voters in the City of San Diego began casting their ballots for a new mayor Monday.

The Special Municipal Election will fill the vacancy left after Bob Filner resigned.

The Registrar of Voters (ROV) office opened its doors for the first ballots at 8 a.m. Monday morning and will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Election Day, Nov. 19, when the hours will change to 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. As expected for a first day, the turnout has been light.

Mail ballots for the Special Municipal Election also went out Monday and the ROV estimates they equal about 52% (357,000 of 675,000 registered voters) of the entire City.

“I anticipate there will be more ballots cast by mail then individuals going to the polls,” said Registrar Michael Vu.

Voters who would rather go to their neighborhood polling place on Election Day can check for the location on the back cover of the sample ballot pamphlet, call (858) 565-5800 or visit www.sdvote.com. The ROV will be setting up 572 polling places throughout the City of San Diego and is still recruiting poll workers particularly Chinese and Vietnamese bilingual poll workers.

If you’d like to help, you must be a U.S. citizen, a registered voter in California, and be able to speak, read, and write the English language. Depending on the assignment, volunteers can receive a stipend of $75 to $175.

For questions about being a poll worker, where the polls will be located in the City of San Diego or whether you’re registered to vote, call (858) 565-5800 or visit www.sdvote.com.