With exactly one week until the special election, the clock ticked Tuesday for San Diegans interested in voting by mail.
According to the Registrar of Voters, Tuesday is the deadline for voters to apply for mail-in ballots, as those requests must be received no later than seven days prior to each election.
In order to meet that deadline by today, a postmark simply won’t do. All last-minute applications to vote by mail must be delivered in person to the registrar by this evening.
Locals who miss the mail-in ballot deadline can still vote for the next mayor of San Diego in person at the registrar office located at 5201 Ruffin Rd.
Current voting hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This Saturday, the registrar office will also be open to voters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Election Day the office will be open to voters from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
According to the registrar, nearly 100,000 special election mail-in ballots have already been filled out and returned. Locals who are already signed up for the vote by mail option need not worry about Tuesday’s deadline, and need not re-apply.
For future elections, the Registrar of Voters website offers options to sign up to permanently vote by mail. By signing up, voters will automatically receive a mail-in ballot each time there’s an election within their precinct. Learn more about this option here.
The Nov. 19 special election will fill the vacant seat at City Hall left by embattled former mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in late August amid allegations of sexual harassment against a slew of women.