Early-bird voting opens in Santa Clara County

Dozens of locations available to submit ballots

Voting for the Nov. 6 election began Tuesday in Santa Clara County, with early-bird voting open and about 640,000 mail-in ballots sent out to county residents.

The county is offering several physical locations to submit early ballots. In Palo Alto, voters can submit their ballots at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. or to the outside drop box at Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road. Ballots can be dropped off at any time of the day at Ricnonada Library's outside drop box at 1213 Newell Road, among other 24/7 drop-off locations across the county.

Residents can also send their ballots in the mail with prepaid postage included with each ballot. Ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by Nov. 9. Physically submitted ballots are due by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The last day to register to vote in California is Oct. 22. Registration can be completed or verified online at

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5 people like this
Posted by Golden California
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 10, 2018 at 10:51 am

Vote, vote vote!

question: what do 1 in 8 Americans call themselves?

answer: Californians.

As goes California, so goes the nation. Overwhelm the naysayers with your vote.

4 people like this
Posted by Exercise Your Right to VOTE
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 10, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Exercise Your Right to VOTE is a registered user.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

Please VOTE. Make a plan. Get it done.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm

I'd feel silly to vote now, then see something happen before Nov-6 to change my mind.
Apparently early votes can be recast in some states (eg WI, MN, MI, PA, NY, CT, MS).
Don't know how you'd do it here.

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Posted by Golden California
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Oct 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm

@musical - "then see something happen"

Something happen, like what?

Like a video of the candidate admitting sexual assault? What could be worse than that? And as we all know now, that didn't bother 62 million Americans.

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Posted by K Wilhelm
a resident of Southgate
on Oct 11, 2018 at 11:40 pm

I'm ready to vote now. Leopards don't change their spots.

Vote, peoples.

And get the young'uns registered and voting, also.

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