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Vote-by-mail ballots sent out Monday

With the November General Election about a month away, ballots are being sent out. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 24

The San Benito County Elections Department mailed out vote-by-mail ballots for 17,635 voters on Monday, Oct.10. These voters an expect to receive their ballots for the Nov. 8 General Election this week. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 24, either online, in person or by mail.

To vote by mail permanently, call the elections office at 831-636-4016. Residents who are not sure if they are registered to vote by mail can confirm their registration and status at: Nov. 1 is the deadline for registered voters to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

Monday, Oct. 10 was the last day to register to vote and still be able to receive a sample ballot booklet by mail. Voter registration cards received by this date will be added to the rolls and the voters will receive a mailed copy of the sample ballot booklet prepared by the county elections official. This is a received-by date, not a postmarked-by date.

Voters who submit cards after this date will not receive a sample ballot booklet by mail, only a notice advising the late registrant that he/she will not receive a mailed copy of the sample ballot and Voter's Information Pamphlet. The voter may come into the Department of Elections office and request the Sample Ballot and Voter’s Information Pamphlet. This information is also available on the Elections website:

Personally-delivered ballots must be delivered by the close of polls on Nov. 8; Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before that date and received by the county elections office no later than Nov. 14.

To register to vote, visit

Local election workers are still needed, officials say. Get more info here:

BenitoLink Staff