Where Is My Polling Place? And Other Last Minute Election Questions in San Diego

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in California, Election, Politics, San Diego

By Anna Daniels

vote 2014This is for all you super busy people and procrastinators out there who haven’t turned in your mail ballot yet or figured out where you need to vote on Tuesday.

If you are still figuring out which way to vote for candidates and propositions, check out our OB Rag and  SDFP Progressive Procrastinators Guide. You can find all of our November 2014 election analysis and coverage in the OB Rag and SDFP Voter Guide for Progressives. And if this is your first visit to the San Diego Free Press, we hope you’ll bookmark this site and come back for more grassroots news and progressive views.

The information below is provided by the League of Women Voters, the San Diego County Registrar’s office and San Diego ACLU.

Am I registered to vote in this election?

In order to vote in this election, you must be a U.S. citizen and you must already be registered to vote. There is no same day registration in CA.

You can check to see if you are registered in San Diego County here. (Only use your house/apartment number – do not include the street name/number.)

If you found this site and you are a California voter but do not live in San Diego County, search here for your polling place and ballot information.

***Where is my polling place?***

The Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet you received in the mail from the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters has the polling place info on the back page. Or…

  • You can enter your address at the Registrar of Voter site and receive polling place info.
  • You can call the San Diego Registrar of Voters at 858-565-5800
  • You can call or visit your local library

On Tuesday Nov 4— Election Day the voting hours will change at the Registrar’s location to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to reflect the hours at the polls.

When are the polls open?

Polls are open on election day Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 7am to 8pm. If you are in the line at the polling place prior to 8pm, you have the right to vote.

Do I need an ID to vote?

You do NOT need photo identification to vote in California.

The ONLY time you need to show any documents before voting is if you registered online or by mail AND you did not include your driver’s license, state ID or Social Security number AND it is your first time voting. Then you will be asked for documentation showing your name and address. There are more than 30 types of acceptable documentation, including a military or student ID, a utility bill, or a check from the government. (Source)

What if I’ve been convicted of a crime?

A misdemeanor conviction does not affect your right to vote.

You cannot vote if you are :

  • Currently serving a state prison sentence or currently on parole for a felony conviction; or
  • Currently serving a term or are under state or county criminal justice supervision for a low-level felony as defined by the Pubic Safety Realignment Act of 2011 (Source)

***I’m still sitting here with my mail-in ballot…***

Don’t mail your ballot at this point. The odds are against your ballot arriving in time to be counted. (8pm on Nov 4 at the election office) If you’re feeling lucky, buy a lottery ticket instead.

Your last opportunity to drop off your mail- in ballot in person at any of the 14 San Diego County drop off locations is during the location’s regular business hours on Monday November 3. This was a new option offered this year. These are not early voting locations, with the exception of the Registrar of Voters (see above).

You can drop off your mail- in ballot in person at ANY polling place in San Diego County on Election Day Tuesday November 4. Remember to sign and seal the envelope.

Problems at the polls?

This San vote aclueDiego ACLU site provides answers to these questions:

  • What if I’m not on the voter list?
  • What if I go to the wrong polling place?
  • What if someone challenges my right to vote?
  • What if someone tries to intimidate or harass me?

Who do I call if I have been denied the right to vote or am aware of election misconduct?

  • Election Protection Hotline: 866-687-8683
  • California Secretary of State Voter Information Hotlines: English– (800) 345-8683
  • US Dept of Justice: (800) 253-3931

There are more facts for voters here.


This originally appeared at our online media partner, San Diego Free Press.

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