May 6, 2012 - California's vote-by-mail begins this week
Paper: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA)
Title: California's vote-by-mail begins this week
Date: May 6, 2012
Author: Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Millions of Californians who prefer voting by mail can begin casting their ballots as early as the next few days.
Voters can cast June 5 ballots through the mail, drop them off at any polling place within the voter's county, or vote in person at county elections offices.
County elections officials will begin mailing vote-by-mail ballots on Monday.
"When your mailbox is your polling place you can vote any time in the comfort of your own home," said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state's chief elections officer. "With so many voters choosing to vote by mail, Election Day is more like election month."
Mike Scarpello, registrar of voters for San Bernardino County, said voters should send mail in ballots by May 30. The ballots have to be in the possession of the registrar's office by 8 p.m. on elections day.
"In San Bernardino County, you can deliver your ballot in person to any county library, or any city clerk's office," Scarpello said.
Voting by mail continues to increase in popularity since the law was changed 34 years ago to allow any registered voter to vote by mail.
Nearly 58 percent of ballots cast in the June 2010 statewide primary were vote-by-mail ballots.
"There's been a steady increase of mail ballots every year," said Scarpello.
In San Bernardino County, 42 percent of voters cast ballots by mail, he said.
May 21 is the last day to register to vote in the primary.
Californians can fill out the Secretary of State's online voter registration form at sos.ca.gov then just print, sign and mail it. Californians can also pick up a voter registration form at any post office, public library or county elections office.
Record Number: 20562187
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