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.