Voting for special mayoral election begins

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voter-registration1SAN DIEGO — Early voting for a mayor to replace Bob Filner began Monday.

The special election is set for Nov. 19, but early voting is option between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays between then and now at the Registrar of Voter’s office in Kearny Mesa at 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite I.

Nov. 4 is the last day to register to vote in the special election, which was made necessary by Filner’s resignation Aug. 30 under pressure from women who said he sexually harassed them. The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is Nov. 12.

On Nov. 8, mail-in ballots will be opened and prepared for computer tabulation.

San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu predicted 50-55 percent turnout for the election.

“The reason I’m going for those percentages is today we’re going to be putting into the mail stream 357,000 mail ballots to the voters within the city,” Vu told CBS8. “That’s about 52 percent of the entire voter population within the city that are voting by mail.”

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Nov. 19.

If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face one another in a runoff in 2014.   There are no propositions on the ballot.