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Poll worker Darlene Farnes examines some mail-in ballots at a polling station at a high school June 7, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo: BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — County elections officials sent out around 1 million mail ballots, which could begin arriving at the homes of registered voters around the San Diego region this week.

Considering the length of the ballot — which fills the front and back of two cards — voters are asked to return them as soon as they can.

“If you know how you want to vote, grab that mail ballot when you get it, vote it and send it back in right away,” said Registrar of Voters Michael Vu. “The sooner we get the ballot back, the sooner we can start processing it so it will be counted right when the polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.”

Because it’s so big this year, the postage to mail each ballot is 67 cents, according to Vu. For 1 million ballots, the postageĀ  would come to $670,000.

Registered voters have until Nov. 1 to request a mail ballot.

Those who don’t want to wait until election day or vote by mail can cast ballots in person at the Registrar of Voters Office, 5600 Overland Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Weekend voting will take place Nov. 5-6.

Elections officials are hoping that voters take advantage of the alternative methods in order to cut back on lines at polling places on Nov. 8.

Voters will choose a president, members of Congress and the state Legislature, and decide runoffs for county supervisor, San Diego city attorney and San Diego City Council, among other local races.

The ballot is also stuffed with 17 state propositions, two countywide ballot measures and a dozen measures from the city of San Diego. Depending on where voters live, they also might be faced with one or more of 21 other measures for voters in various cities and special districts — many of them proposed bond issues.