More than 68 percent of San Benito County voters are voting by mail this November, and the San Benito County Elections Department has made it even easier to return voted ballots with the installation of a new 24/7 ballot drop box at our office. The drop box is located in the alley between Hall of Records (old courthouse) and the San Benito County Free Library.
"The ballot is very long this election, covering two cards front and back. We ask the voters to return both cards, even if they have left one card un-voted," said Angela Curro, San Benito County Assistant County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters, in a press release.
As always, all vote-by-mail voters are reminded that they must sign their return envelope for their ballot to be processed and counted.
This election, there are four ways to return a vote-by-mail ballot:
Vote-by-Mail Drop-Off Box: Now voters are able to drive up 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and return their ballots, without postage. The new drop box is under 24/7 video surveillance for security purposes. All ballots must be received by 8 pm on Election Day.
U.S. Mail: If voters return their ballot by mail, they must affix two first-class stamps. The Department of Elections encourages voters who mail their ballot to do so a week before the election. Voters can mail their ballot up to Nov. 8, Election Day. However, ballots must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, Nov. 8, and received by the Department of Elections within three working days for the ballot to be counted.
Election Day: At any polling place in San Benito County. San Benito County voters may also drop off their voted ballot at any San Benito County polling place location on Tuesday, November 8th, from 7 am to 8 pm. There will be 21 polling place locations on Election Day. Polling Place locations are available on our website at http://sbcvote.us/registrar-of-voters/voter-information/find-your-polling-place/ .
Early Voting: At the Department of Elections. Pick-up and drop-off vote-by-mail ballots early voting started Oct. 10, voting days and hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct.10- Nov. 7
Saturday – Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5-6
Election Day 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8
Early Voting Location: 440 Fifth St., 2nd Floor, Room 206, Hollister (Corner of Fifth and Monterey streets)
Voters can verify their registration status online at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/ and register to vote at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/. The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 24.
If you have questions, we encourage voters to visit the following websites or call our office at 831-636-4016: