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Voting in Nov. 8 election has started; voting centers open

 

While Election Day is a month away, voting started Tuesday. Vote-by-mail ballots started to be sent to voters on Oct. 11, and three San Mateo County voting centers opened for those who want to cast an early ballot.

The centers are in Redwood City at 555 County Center on the first floor, in San Mateo at 40 Tower Road, and at the South San Francisco Public Library, 840 West Orange Ave. Voters from any precinct in the county may cast a ballot or drop off a mail-in ballot at the centers.

The voting centers are open weekdays through Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on two Saturdays – Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Registered voters may sign up for permanent vote-by-mail status or ask for a vote-by-mail ballot for this election until Nov. 1. There is an application postcard on the back cover of the sample ballot and election information pamphlet sent to registered voters.

At shapethefuture.org voters can ask for a mail-in ballot under "Access My Election Materials."

To be counted, mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by Monday, Nov. 14, or dropped off at any city or town hall in the county through the close of business on Nov. 8.

On Election Day, mail-in ballots may be dropped off until 8 p.m. at the voting centers or any active polling place in the county.

Go to shapethefuture.org, call (650) 312-5222, or follow @smcvote on Twitter for more information.

— Barbara Wood

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