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Deadline to request mail ballot for November election is Tuesday

The last day to request a mail ballot for the Nov. 4 general election is Tuesday.
The last day to request a mail ballot for the Nov. 4 general election is Tuesday.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Tuesday is the last day to request a mail ballot for the Nov. 4 general election.

Registered voters can apply for a mail ballot through their county registrar’s office; some of these offices offer the service online. An application also can be obtained online through the secretary of state’s office, but it must be printed, filled in and sent to a voter’s county office by Tuesday’s deadline.

Applications also are included in sample ballot booklets sent to voters.

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A mail ballot (formerly called an absentee ballot) must be received by county election officials by the time polls close on election day. Voters can drop them off with the envelope signed as instructed at any polling place on election day.

Voters can also get a mail ballot in person at the county office, complete it on the spot and turn it in.

A few counties also offer some form of early “satellite” balloting, underway now.

For example, Los Angeles County voters can cast ballots, even on weekends, at the registrar’s office in Norwalk. Most county registrars will be open the weekend before the election, said Orange County’s top election official, Neal Kelley, who also heads a statewide organization of county clerks.

The Nov. 4 ballot includes choices for governor and other statewide offices as well as six state ballot measures. Every House of Representatives seat and Assembly post, and half of the state’s Senate seats, also will be decided.

Many local jurisdictions are holding elections the same day for offices or ballot measures, including several proposals for campus improvement bond measures.

The deadline to register to vote was Oct. 20.

jean.merl@latimes.com

Twitter: @jeanmerl


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