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Vu On Voting: Registrar On Where, When and How

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Above: A "vote here" sign hangs above the door at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office in Kearny Mesa on May 31, 2014.

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San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu has got it covered. The 2020 Presidential Election may be unlike any other, but Vu and his staff seem to have prepared for all contingencies, from balloting to tabulating.

Aired: October 2, 2020 | Transcript

Nearly 75% of San Diego County voters vote by mail and have been doing so for years. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, all 1.9 million registered voters in the county will receive their ballot by mail for the general election. Registrar of Voters Michael Vu expressed confidence in the U.S. Postal Service being able to handle all those ballots, because, he told KPBS Midday Edition, it has not let the county down yet.

Vu detailed the voting timeline for the Nov. 3 election, including dates for requesting and receiving ballots, dates and polling places for in-person voting and when votes can begin to be tabulated. He noted that sample ballots and voter information pamphlets have already started to go out. All this information is on the SDROV website.

New this year:

  • 235 "super polls" replacing the smaller neighborhood precinct polls and open for four days. In-person voters will need to observe distancing, wear a mask and be prepared for a wait,
  • Dozens of mail ballot drop-off locations, available from Oct. 6 through Nov. 3,
  • Where's My Ballot?, a system that allows voters to track their mail-in ballot every step of the way.

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