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Posted on: October 8, 2020

Vote like democracy depends on it.

(As published in the Monterey County Weekly on 10/8/2020) 

Here’s some good news: Voter registration in California is at a high since 1956, with more than 21 million people registered to vote, more than 83 percent of those who are eligible. And here’s more good news: It’s never been easier to vote. Despite the pandemic, there are more polling places in Monterey County and more vote-by-mail options than ever.

The rest is up to you. Vote.

1. REGISTER TO VOTE.

The deadline to register for the Nov. 3 election is Saturday, Oct. 19. To register, visit registertovote.ca.gov.

If you’re not sure whether you are registered to vote, or you wish to confirm or change the address you’re registered at, your political party affiliation or your preferred language for election materials, visit voterstatus.sos.ca.gov or call (831) 796-1499.

2. VOTE.

All registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot this year, as a Covid-19 pandemic precaution. You still have the option to vote in person at the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, or vote early at two polling places.

TO VOTE BY MAIL:

Postage is already paid, and no stamps are required. You can drop your ballot in any mailbox. Officials encourage you to return ballots early: the last day recommended to put your vote-by-mail ballot in the mail is Oct. 27.

Ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3 and received at the Monterey County Elections Office no later than Friday, Nov. 20. (This date has been extended from what would normally be a Nov. 6 deadline due to the pandemic and expanded vote-by-mail.)

Alternatively, you may drop off a completed vote-by-mail ballot at a secure dropbox before 8pm on Nov. 3 (see locations, below) or at any polling place on Election Day.

TO VOTE IN PERSON:

The polls are open on Election Day from 7am-8pm, in 85 locations in Monterey County. Officials recommend that you take your mail-in ballot with you. To find your polling place, type your address into montereycountyelections.us/voter-guide-and-polling-place-locator. If you do not have an address number, call (831) 796-1499 to locate your polling place.

To see a complete list of polling places, visit montereycountyelections.us/polling-places.

TO VOTE EARLY (IN PERSON):

Early voting is available at two locations: Monterey County Elections Office, 1441 Schilling Place, Salinas, and Embassy Suites, 1441 Canyon del Rey Blvd., Seaside.

Polls are open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri (Oct. 5-Nov. 2), 9am-5pm Sat-Sun (Oct. 24-Nov. 1). On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, both locations are open from 7am-8pm.

3. TRACK YOUR BALLOT:

You can sign up to receive updates on when your ballot is mailed, received and counted at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.

4. GET INVOLVED:

Poll workers are needed. To learn more, call (831) 796-1485 or visit montereycountyelections.us/volunteer-with-elections.

5. STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

More helpful information is available at California Secretary of State website, sos.ca.gov, and the Monterey County Elections website, montereycountyelections.us. You can also call the state voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or county office at (831) 796-1499.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Oct. 5: Early voting began
  • Oct. 19: Last day to register to vote
  • Oct. 27: Last recommended day to put vote-by-mail ballots in the mail
  • Nov. 3: Election Day

SECURE DROPBOX LOCATIONS

You can drop off sealed vote-by-mail ballots beginning on Monday, Oct. 5. Dropbox locations close at 8pm on Tuesday, Nov. 3. It doesn’t matter what precinct you live in, you can drop your ballot at any of these locations. View an interactive map at mcweekly.com/news.

The following locations are open
24 hours a day:

  • Carmel Valley Library, 65 W. Carmel Valley Road
  • Castroville Library, 11160 Speegle St.
  • Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Road, Salinas
  • Gonzales Library, 851 Fifth St.
  • Greenfield City Hall, 599 El Camino Real
  • Harrison Memorial Library, Ocean and Lincoln, Carmel
  • King City Library, 404 Broadway
  • Marina Community Center, 411 Hillcrest Ave.
  • Marina Library, 190 Seaside Circle
  • Monterey County Elections, 1441 Schilling Place, Salinas
  • Monterey County Health Department, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas
  • Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific St.
  • Pacific Grove City Hall, 300 Forest Ave.
  • Prunedale Library, 17822 Moro Road
  • Soledad Library, 401 Gabilan Drive

The following locations are open during business hours:

  • Del Rey Oaks City Hall, 650 Canyon del Rey Blvd.
  • Embassy Suites, 1441 Canyon del Rey Blvd., Seaside
  • King City City Hall, 212 S. Vanderhurst Ave.
  • Monterey County Government Center, first floor, 168 W. Alisal St., Salinas
  • Gonzales City Hall, 147 14th St.
  • Sand City City Hall, 1 Pendergrass Way
  • Seaside City Hall, 440 Harcourt Ave.
  • Soledad City Hall, 248 Main St.

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