Tips for voters on election day
Contributed by County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong
Return of vote-by-mail ballots on Election Day
Make sure the identification envelope is signed before you return the ballot. Mailed vote-by- mail ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three days of Election Day are eligible to be counted. If you are dropping your VBM ballot in the mail on Election Day, get a “Circle Date Stamp” on your envelope at the mail counter. However, vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered at any polling place in this county or at the County Clerk-Recorder’s office in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Drive-by-Dropoff of VBM ballots is available at the Monterey Street side of the San Luis Obispo office at 1055 Monterey Street on Election Day. If you want to vote at the polls instead of voting by mail, take the ballot with you to surrender polls. If you have misplaced your ballot, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot at the polls.
Check your polling place location
Check your polling place on the back of your sample ballot or on your yellow notification card if you registered to vote after October 8th. Many polling places have changed and you should not assume that you will be voting at the same polling place as the last election. If you cannot find your sample ballot, call the Elections office at 781-5228 for your polling place location. We will have additional phone lines open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can also look up their polling place on the Internet at www.slovote.com.
It is helpful if you mark your sample ballot and take it with you to the polls on Election Day, so when you enter the booth you can more easily make your choices on the official ballot.
Avoid busy times
If you have a choice of time to vote, avoid the busiest time of the day: before work (7 to 9 a.m); during lunch hour (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and after work (5 p.m.to 8 p.m.)
Leave the t-shirts, buttons, and hats at home
Electioneering, including wearing anything with a campaign slogan on it, is prohibited within 100 feet of the polling place while the polls are open on Election Day. Anyone wearing such campaign slogans will be asked to remove or cover them while they are in the polling place. Please help our poll workers by respecting the non-partisan nature of the polling place.