SAN DIEGO - The San Diego County Registrar of Voters office was open Saturday for voters who want to cast a ballot before Tuesday's election.
The office at 5201 Ruffin Road, near Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and Interstate 15, was open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"We offer Saturday hours because we know people are busy, and voting on Election Day Tuesday may not be convenient," said Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler. "In addition to providing mail ballots and staffing polling locations, we open the Saturday before the election to give voters another option to cast ballots or drop off their vote-by-mail ballots."
Voter Matt Brogdon told 10News, "We can't vote on Tuesday... so we had to come here today."
Seiler predicted that about three-quarters of registered voters would cast ballots, with about 25 percent of them voting ahead of time.
San Diego voters will choose a new mayor in addition to selecting a president, U.S. senator, congressman and state legislators and deciding on various statewide ballot measures.
On Saturday, a trio of Democratic Party volunteers was out canvassing for votes in Clairemont. They say the personal contact with voters makes all the difference.
"When people see your face and they can ask questions and find out why you specifically believe a certain way, that makes a difference to them," said volunteer Samantha Peterson.
Republican George Plescia, who running for State Senate, certainly would not argue with that. He took to the streets in Tierrasanta on Saturday.
"This is going to be a close race, I feel, and so it's a matter of getting the people who support you out to the polls," he said.
Back at the registrar's office, the workers have a big job in front of them.
There are more than 1.5 million registered voters in San Diego County. Seiler says of the nearly 900,000 mail-in ballots sent out, nearly half have been sent back in.
A drop-off location for mail ballots will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Monday at the lower parking lot outside the Registrar's office. On Election Day, the drop off hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.