July 11, 2008
About 900,000 county voters can expect postcards in the mail next week in an effort to increase the number of people who permanently vote by mail.
“Voting by mail gives people more flexibility by allowing them to review the ballot in their own homes and avoid travel time and waiting at the polls,” said County of San Diego Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler. “Those who cast their ballots by mail are also more likely to vote.”
In last month’s Direct Primary Election, 56 percent of permanent vote-by-mail voters cast ballots, compared to an overall turnout of just 34 percent. In February’s Presidential Primary Election, turnout among permanent vote-by-mail voters was 71 percent, compared to an overall turnout of 61 percent.
The County Registrar of Voters did a similar mailing last October and boosted the number of permanent vote-by-mail voters by about 100,000. The goal with this mailing is to increase the number by at least 50,000.
Once a voter fills out the postcard, that person will automatically be sent a ballot for every election. You can also download the form here.
Vote-by-mail ballots are sent several weeks before each election. Completed ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at a polling place or at the Registrar of Voters office.
Vote-by-mail ballots used to be referred to as “absentee ballots,” but a 2007 California law changed the term to reflect the fact that anyone can vote by mail for any reason.
For more information, please visit www.sdvote.com, or call the Registrar’s office at (858) 565-5800.