Monday, May 28, 2012
Today is the last day to request a mail-in ballot, if you are not going to the polls next Tuesday. For the first time, more than half of San Diegans who are registered to vote have signed up to permanently vote by mail.
The number of people who chose to vote by mail has crept up gradually in recent years. Now it’s more than 50 percent of all San Diego voters.
What’s even more telling is that since 2008, mailed-in ballots have made up more than 60 percent of all votes cast in the June elections.
But this year, San Diego Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler said those mail-in ballots seem to be coming in slowly, perhaps because people are waiting till the last minute to vote. She advised mail-in voters not to wait too long.
“The mail ballots do have to be received by the time the polls close on election day,” she said, “so we advise voters to mail no later than probably the Friday before the election.”
That’s this Friday, June 1.
Seiler said her office has not had too many questions about the new "top two" one primary, which means voters have more candidates to chose from.
But she said some voters may be adjusting to new political realities, because redistricting means they find themselves in a new district.
Seiler said those who get their votes in early will be counted among the first results released at 8 p.m. on election night. Typically, that first tally will make up between 25 and 30 percent of all voted cast, she said, though the final tally may not be complete for several weeks.