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By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 23, 2021 (San Diego) - As mail ballots start showing up in mailboxes around San Diego County, the Registrar of Voters office is encouraging voters to act on their mail ballot and vote early.

More than 1.96 million mail ballots for the Sept. 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election were sent out to registered voters last week.

Voting by mail is:

  • SIMPLE: A mail ballot, instructions and an “I Voted” sticker are included in your mail ballot packet.
  • CONVENIENT: Make voting decisions and mark your ballot comfortably at home.
  • SECURE: Sign and date your envelope, seal your completed ballot inside and return it postage free to a trusted source:
  • Return your ballot through the mail. For a location near you, visit the U.S. Postal Service office or collection box website.
  • Return it to one of 131 mail ballot drop-off locations around the county. Find the closest one to you by visiting the Registrar’s online locator tool.
  • Return it to the Registrar’s office where early voting is already underway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • If you plan to drop off your mail ballot or vote in person, we encourage you to wear a face covering, maintain a comfortable distance and avoid gathering in groups.
Voters who return their mail ballot through the U.S. Postal Service can track it by signing up for “Where’s My Ballot?”
To learn more about voting in the upcoming recall election, visit or call (858) 565-5800.

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