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Early Voting Trends Ahead of 2018 Midterm

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    Early Voting Trends Ahead of 2018 Midterm

    Mail-in ballots saw an uptick this election cycle. NBC 7's Alex Presha has more. (Published Monday, Nov. 5, 2018)

    The big voting trend in San Diego County this midterm — mail-in ballots. 

    "Over 65 percent of the electorate are permanent mail ballot voters," San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said.

    Vu says the county sent out nearly 1.2 million ballots this election season.

    As of 5 p.m. Monday, around 470,000 of those have been sent back to them to be processed, according to the county Registrar of Voters.

    The office of the registrar was open over the weekend for early voting. Voters with mail-in ballots could drop those ballots off. Voters who preferred the more traditional experience could cast their ballots the old-fashioned way. 

    "It's not too bad — in and out really quick," said Rebecca Thun of Del Cerro.

    She came to vote with her family. It's becoming a tradition for them.

    "We took turns looking up all of the people that were running for something and then marked our sample ballots before we went in because it's 75 million things long," said relative Annie Powell.

    Come Tuesday, the county will have more than 1,500 precincts open for people to cast ballots.

    Voters need to know ahead of time their assigned precinct. There are also drop-off sites for mail-in ballots. That includes the Office of the Registrar.

    For a full list of locations and instructions, visit SDVotes.com.

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