Ballots Are Headed to Voter Mailboxes and Early Voting Begins in the Inland Empire

Oct 8, 2020

An official mail ballot drop box seen at Redlands City Hall on E. Citrus Avenue on October 7, 2020. This is one of 70 locations in San Bernardino County.
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Both the Riverside and San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters say the U.S. Postal Service received mail-in ballots ready to send to voters on Monday, October 5.

Voters can sign up with the Secretary of State’s “Where’s My Ballot” tracking system to see when their ballots are mailed, received, and counted.

There continue to be several options for voting in the 2020 election. The safest to avoid exposure to COVID-19 is to fill out the ballot at home and return it through the U.S. Postal Service. These must be postmarked by November 3.

An official ballot drop box seen on 111 W. Lugonia Ave in Redlands on October 7, 2020 . Boxes are secure from tampering and bolted to the ground.
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Or, voters can take those ballots and drop them off at a county designated drop off box location. Voters can deposit ballots as early as today but no later than 8:00 p.m. on November 3. Riverside County has 80 boxes and San Bernardino County has 70. Both registrars have handy online maps to help voters locate the box nearest them.

There will also be plenty of in-person voting options where masks and social distancing are required, but county officials are encouraging voters to either vote early or use them as a last resort.

Early voting locations opened October 5 at both Registrar of Voters offices. Riverside County will have an additional three early voting sites starting Oct 23. And San Bernardino County will have an additional five early vote sites available starting October 26.

Then on October 31, the counties will be doing two very different things with their voting sites. In Riverside County, residents can visit any of the almost 200 voter assistance centers to vote. But in San Bernardino County residents will be assigned a polling place and need to check county registrar’s website to find out more. These locations be different than previous elections.

The last day to register to vote is October 19.

Editor's Note: an earlier version incorrectly stated that Riverside County residents would both have the option to visit any voting center and have polling places assigned.

Riverside County Voter Information

San Bernardino County Voter Information