SAN DIEGO -- Voters have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to request a mail ballot from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters for next week's primary election.
The registrar's office is now accepting mail ballot requests by phone, and registered voters can call 858- 565-5800 to get a ballot for the June 7 election.
They can also email or fax a letter to the registrar's office that includes their name, address, name and date of the election, the address where the ballot is to be mailed and a signature. The email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org, and the fax line is 858-694-2955.
Voters can fill-out an application on the back of their sample ballot or voter information pamphlet, or download one from sdvote.com.
The application must be received by the registrar's office by 5 p.m. -- a postmark won't suffice.
"The returned mail ballots will already be processed so when the clock strikes 8 p.m. on Election Night, we can immediately start counting them," said Registrar of Voters Michael Vu. "Those results will be released just minutes afterward. As with any election, the more ballots processed beforehand,
the quicker the election results."
Around 900,000 mail ballots were sent out to voters, according to Vu.
As an alternative, voters who can't make it to a polling place on Election Day can cast ballots ahead of time at the registrar's office, 5200 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- weekdays and this weekend -- until the polls close on June 7.