While Election Day is a month away, voting starts today. Vote-by-mail ballots are being sent to voters starting Oct. 11, and voting centers in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have opened for those who want to cast an early ballot.
Voters can cast an early ballot at the Registrar of Voters' Office, at 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, in San Jose.
The voting center is open weekdays through Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on two Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on two Sundays, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voters can also visit Rinconada Library, at 1213 Newell Road in Palo Alto, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, noon-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6, noon-5 p.m., to cast an early vote.
Ballots can be dropped off at Palo Alto City Hall at the City Clerk Office, 250 Hamilton Ave., and Mitchell Park Library, at 3700 Middlefield Road.
Visit sccgov.org for additional voting centers and drop-off sites in Santa Clara County.
The San Mateo County voting 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, at 840 West Orange Ave.
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.
Voters from any precinct in their respective counties may cast a ballot or drop off a mail-in ballot at the centers.
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.
To be counted, mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by Monday, Nov. 14.
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.
For Santa Clara County, go to sccgov.org or follow @sccvote on Twitter for more information. For San Mateo County, visit shapethefuture.org, call 650-312-5222 or follow @smcvote on Twitter for more information.