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Final Day To Request Mail-In Ballot Is Tuesday

A 2018 mail-in ballot is seen in this photo, May 29, 2018.
KPBS Staff
A 2018 mail-in ballot is seen in this photo, May 29, 2018.

Tuesday is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the June 5 primary election.

By state law, applications must be physically received by the Registrar of Voters office, 5600 Overland Ave., by 5 p.m. Tuesday. They cannot merely be postmarked on this date, according to the San Diego County registrar.

But San Diego Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said you don’t have to mail it in, you can drop it off at one of the public libraries listed in your ballot information.


“In the 2016, we had over 100,000 individuals drop their mail ballots at one of 25 locations,” he said, “so we thought we would expand that to now 42 locations throughout the entire county. So if you are a mail ballot voter, please vote that mail ballot and get that in to us as soon as possible.”

So far 150,000 San Diegans have returned their mail ballots, out of 1.1 million his department has sent out, Vu said.

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Prospective voters can find a registration form at or pick up an application at the registrar's office. Finished applications can be emailed to

Those who miss the mail-in ballot deadline can vote in person at the registrar's office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Election Day, when voting hours change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Vu said all demographics are now requesting mail ballots, and it is a popular option with all ethnic groups — 400,000 registered Democrats, 320,000 registered Republicans and 290,000 “decline to state” voters requested mail ballots.

The office will also be open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 2-3 for weekend voting.