Tuesday is California deadline to apply for vote-by-mail

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File photo: A stack of vote-by-mail ballots sit on a table prior to being sorted at the San Francisco Department of Elections January 24, 2008 in San Francisco, California.

If you don’t want to visit your polling place in person next week, you’d better get moving, if you haven’t already.

Tuesday is the deadline to get in your vote-by-mail application. That’s a statewide deadline.

In Orange County, it means you have to drop off your application at the Registrar of Voters office in Santa Ana by 5 p.m. tomorrow. Or you can fax it in or apply online until midnight tomorrow night.

The Orange County Registrar says he’s been receiving about 1,000 vote-by-mail applications a day for the past couple of weeks.

Registrar Neal Kelley says the vote-by-mail turnout has almost doubled that of four years ago, during the last gubernatorial election.

He points out that almost 100,000 more people vote-by-mail now, compared to then. But he also credits a more efficient mailing process. He says that gets the vote-by-mail ballots out quicker, so people can fill them out and return them quicker.

Those mail-in ballots are typically the first results you begin to see come in after the polls close on election day.

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