THERE’S STILL TIME!
Register to Vote by Monday, October 19, 2020
By now, every registered voter in Three Rivers should have received their official Vote By Mail ballot. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vote By Mail ballots were sent to every registered voter in Tulare County so everyone has the option to stay home to vote during the General Election and not risk infection (or infecting others) by going to the polling place.
To Vote By Mail, be sure to exactly follow all instructions provided. To mail the completed ballot (no postage required), it must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3. It may also be dropped off at a secure drop box, a polling place, or the County elections office (by 8 p.m. on November 3).
On the November 3 ballot is the presidential race, U.S. Representative District 23 race (McCarthy incumbent; Mangone challenger), State Assembly District 23 race (incumbent is unopposed), County Supervisor District 1 (Crocker incumbent; Micro challenger), County Board of Education seat, Woodlake Unified School District seat, and 12 state propositions.
Register to Vote at the Three Rivers Post Office or online at registertovote.ca.gov. The deadline to register is Monday, October 19 (but if you miss this deadline, you may register on the spot and cast a provisional ballot at any polling place on Election Day).
October 5: As of this date, Vote By Mail ballots may be returned at one of the 12 secure ballot drop box locations throughout the county. They may also be mailed (postage is paid).
November 3: Election Day! Polls open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. If you’re in line by 8 p.m. you can vote. Sixteen of the 19 polling places in Tulare County are offering voters four days of voting. In Three Rivers, however, the polling place at the Three Rivers Memorial Building is only open for voting on Election Day.
If going in person to the polling place, face coverings and social distancing will be required. Bring hand sanitizer and/or wipes the disinfectant areas where others have been.
You may drop your ballot off at Tulare County Elections Office from Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-noon. For voter convenience there is a 24-hour drop box located outside of the Visalia Government Plaza and at 11 other sites throughout the county (see above for drop box locations). NOTICE: Use only the above-listed official drop boxes. Any other drop box set up for ballots is not affiliated with the Tulare County Elections Office, and there is no guarantee that your ballot will be delivered properly. Unauthorized ballot drop boxes are illegal and should be reported to the Elections Office.
You may drop your Vote By Mail ballot off at any polling place on Election Day.
If you choose not to vote by mail, you can still vote in person on Election Day at the polling place. Three Rivers’s polling place is, as always, the Memorial Building.
People with felony convictions can vote as long as they are off parole.
Teenagers can (almost) vote! If you’re 16 or 17, pre-register and your registration will automatically be activated when you turn 18.
Keep an eye on the status of your ballot at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.
Michelle Baldwin is the Tulare County Registrar of Voters. For more information, call 559-624-7300 or email email@example.com. The Elections Office is at the Government Plaza, 5951 South Mooney Blvd., Visalia. Visit the Elections Office website for additional information.