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San Diego voters will have fewer polling places for November election

County will only have 235 "Super Polls"
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Posted at 10:33 AM, Sep 16, 2020

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Voters in San Diego County will have fewer places to vote in person for the 2020 Presidential Election, but officials say they've increased the opportunities people have to make sure their vote counts.

On Wednesday, the county released the final list of 235 "Super Poll" locations, where people can vote in person. Every voter will be assigned to one of those polls.

That's down from around 1,600 polling places during the primary.

"Certainly our world has been upended when it comes down to all things elections," says Michael Vu, the County Registrar of Voters.

Vu told ABC 10News the county had to do fewer, larger polling sites to accommodate for social distancing required by coronavirus guidelines. But, he adds that voters will have four days to cast their ballot in person.

Those Super Poll locations will be open on Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. On Election Day, they'll be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Even with the extra days and hours for in-person voting, Vu says the best option for voters is to use the mail-in ballot that every registered voter in San Diego will receive around Oct. 6.

"We, in our county, have had a tradition and culture of voting by mail," says Vu, noting that 76.5% of all registered voters already signed up to be a permanent mail ballot voter.

Vu says he has complete confidence that the post office will deliver ballots to voters and return them to the Registrar on time.

For people who don't want to put their ballot in the mail, the Registrar is also setting up 126 ballot-drop off sites across the county. Those will be available starting Oct. 6.

With 1.86 million registered voters in San Diego County, Vu says this year's election was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. But he's confident everything will run smoothly for the election.

For more information about the upcoming election, or to find your assigned polling place or closest drop-off box, go to the Registrar of Voters website.