In an email yesterday evening, Assistant Solano County Registrar of Voters John Gardner confirmed that “ballots are being mailed on Saturday 9/26.” Gardner added, “All ballots will be delivered to the post office at the same time for delivery.”
In years past, we might then assume that our ballots would arrive in our mailboxes on Monday, September 28. Given recent national stories about post office slow deliveries, we will have to watch and see.
Three ways to return your ballot early! (…and then there’s November 3)
- Cast your ballot RIGHT AWAY: Mail it back on the same day you get it, maybe Monday or Tuesday, September 28 or 29. Return it ANYTIME via US Postal Service (postage paid).
- If you wait a week, you can drop it off in person beginning Monday, October 5: There are 15 NO CONTACT DROP BOXES (inside office buildings). Here’s the list on the Solano County website, including City Clerks’ offices in all 7 Solano cities.
- I hope you don’t wait until October 29, but if you do… There are 10 NO CONTACT CURBSIDE DROP-OFF LOCATIONS. For 5 days before election day, beginning on Thursday October 29, and continuing on Oct. 30, 31, Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, you can drop off ballots “Curbside.” (Stay in your car, hand ballot to pollworkers.) Here’s the list of at least one in each city, on the County website.
- And there’s 4 options on ELECTION DAY, Tuesday, November 3:
- NOT RECOMMENDED: It’s still possible to mail your ballot. If (and that’s a big IF) the post office postmarks it on Nov. 3, it will be valid and counted. Please DON’T do this! I wouldn’t mail my ballot at all, but if you must, I’d say do it at least 2 weeks prior to election day – by October 20.
- The office building drop-off locations will still be available. List of locations.
- The curbside drop-off locations will still be available. List of locations.
- And there’s the good old In-Person voting at your local polling place. Your polling place location will be printed on your ballot. Note that some polling places may have changed since the last election. To plan ahead, here is the County’s list of 100 polling places. Better yet, to look up your location using your home address, go to this page on the County website: solanocounty.com/depts/rov/sample_ballot_polling_place_lookup.asp
Oh, and on a personal note… I am clearly encouraging everyone to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Donald Trump is unfit in so many ways, a disaster already, and a threat to our democracy if returned for another 4 years. Dems, GOPs and Independents please unite and do the right thing – Trump and Trumpism have got to go in a landslide victory for Biden/Harris!