The rest is up to you. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can sign up to receive updates on when your ballot is mailed, received and counted at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.
Poll workers are needed. To learn more, call (831) 796-1485 or visit montereycountyelections.us/volunteer-with-elections.
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.
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.