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Results From Early Voting Will Include Many More Ballots In San Diego County Than In 2016

San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu stands next to a row of ballo...

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Above: San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu stands next to a row of ballot marking devices at a satellite voting center in Spring Valley, Feb. 25, 2020.

We’re going to know the results of early voting for the upcoming election within a half hour of the polls closing at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, but new this year is the number of ballots that will be behind those counts.

Two big factors will make the early returns in San Diego County more complete than in years past.

New laws mean mail ballots were sent out to every registered voter in California, and county registrars no longer have to wait until two weeks before the election to start tabulating returned ballots.

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Plus, San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said there’s another reason results will come in more quickly this time, there will be 235 super polling locations open for in-person voting beginning Saturday, Oct. 31.

“These locations will be open for a three day period prior to election day and so we’ll be able to actually scan in those ballots too in advance of the close of the polls,” Vu said.

Vu said, as of Saturday, more than 36% or 706,000 ballots had already been returned.

On a percentage basis, in 2016 at this time, his office had 272,000, or 24% of ballots returned.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the number of super polling locations open for in-person voting in San Diego County. The correct number is 235. We regret the error.

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