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Key Information About This Election

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Am I registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration status on the County Registrar of Voters website. If you need to change or update your voter registration information, you may do so online through the Online Voter Registration page. The last day to register online for the September 14 recall election was Monday, August 30. After that, you can still register and vote in person at the Registrar of Voters office or at a polling place September 11-14. 

How do I vote by mail?

All California voters have been sent ballots. Ballot return envelopes must be signed and dated by the voter. No postage is required to send ballots by mail, but they must be postmarked by September 14. Go to to find a post office or blue USPS Collection Box near you.

How should I mark my ballot?

There are only two questions on the recall ballot: (1) Should Gavin Newsom be recalled as Governor? and (2) Who should replace him if recalled? Please mark the bubble for NO on the recall. The Democratic Party does not have a recommendation on a replacement candidate, since our focus and simple message is to defeat the recall. You do not need to vote on a replacement candidate. Just vote no on the recall, insert it in the envelope, complete all the information on the back, and return it. 

Where can I get more information before voting?

You can click here for official election information on the recall from the California Secretary of State. Or click here for backgroud on what Governor Newsom has done for Californians and why the recall needs to be stopped. 

Can I drop off my ballot anywhere else?

Yes! The locations of more than 100 early dropoff locations can be found at No other services are provide at those locations, which are only open during their regular hours. The polling place lookup page is at During the last four days of the election, September 11-14, you can also turn in your ballot at an official voting location here

Can I vote in person?

People can vote in person at the Registrar of Voters office from Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They’re located at 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego (92123). On the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before Election Day, September 11-13, more than 200 voting locations throughout the county ( will be open from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. On Election Day, September 14, all those locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Face coverings and social distancing are required at all voting locations.

Can someone turn in my ballot for me?

As in recent previous elections, someone else may return a ballot on a voter’s behalf. There’s a place on the ballot near the voter’s signature for that person to write their own name and address. 

What else can I do to stop the Republican recall?

Sign up to volunteer to turn out voters against the recall at The San Diego County Democratic Party is organizing volunteers to contact voters door-to-door, on the phone, and by texting. You can email or call (858) 277-3367. You can also click here to donate to the anti-recall campaign in San Diego County. 

Key Dates:

  • August 16: Early Voting begins at the Registrar of Voters office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays
  • August 16: Ballots mailed to all registered voters
  • August 17: Ballot dropoff locations open through September 14
  • August 30: Last day to register to vote or change your registration, by mail or online (received, not postmarked)
  • September 11-13: In-person voting at the Registrar's office Sept. 11, Sept. 12, and Sept. 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • September 14: Election Day and last day for a mail ballot to be postmarked; in-person voting locations open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.