SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — More than 1.5 million vote-by-mail ballots have already been returned by California voters ahead of the general election, the state’s top elections official said Wednesday.
“Californians are voting early in historic numbers,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “We knew the COVID-19 pandemic would pose significant challenges, but elections officials have prepared and voters have responded.”
Early voting, like returning mail-in ballots ahead of Nov. 3, is being touted as a way to make Election Day safe for everyone, including voters, poll workers, and elections officials.
“By voting early, you help preserve in-person voting for those who need it—including our neighbors with disabilities, those who need language assistance, or those who need access to same-day voter registration,” Padilla said.
Ballots can be returned by mail, using the prepaid postage return envelope, or in-person to any official drop box, voting location or elections office.
Early Voting Numbers in the Valley:
|County Name||Total Number of Ballots Returned|
|Total number returned||64,586|