SAN DIEGO – Election Day has arrived in California with voters slated to hit the polls Tuesday in primary races to set the matchups for key state and local seats this November.
Starting at 7 a.m., 218 voting locations open throughout San Diego County. They remain open until 8 p.m., allowing eligible San Diegans to vote in person, drop off mail-in ballots or register to vote and/or update voter registration before voting the same day, among other options.
There also are 132 ballot drop-off sites throughout the county open during the same hours as vote centers.
Some 1.9 million registered San Diegans already received vote-by-mail ballots for the California primary and thus far, roughly 360,000 have been returned, San Diego County Registrar of Voters Cynthia Paes said Monday. Voter turnout is trending near historic lows statewide, but Paes also noted it’s not uncommon to see lower participation in gubernatorial primaries compared to presidential years.
Officials estimate the county still could see as high as a 40% turnout in the primary, which would still fall shy of the totals from last year’s recall election.
Where to vote
Voters have the choice of using any of the available vote centers and drop-off sites throughout the county.
Some have been available to registered voters since May 28 during select hours with the rest coming open this past weekend. Want to find one closest to you? Check this map to see them.
Those who haven’t yet returned mail-in ballots still can. They must be postmarked by Tuesday to be counted but also can be submitted in person using vote centers or drop-off sites. See this handy guide from the county for instructions on filling out a mail-in ballot.
Once submitted, voters are able to track the status of their ballot, too. Here’s how to sign up for the county’s Where’s My Ballot tool, which allows them to receive notifications by email, text and/or a voice call.
You also can see your personal voter information by clicking or tapping here.
Who’s on the ballot?
Voters have numerous choices for critical positions from the governor and the state legislature to the U.S. Senate to local positions including San Diego City Council seats, the county’s Board of Supervisors, the mayor of Chula Vista and the San Diego County sheriff.
Among those key races:
- Four of the nine seats on San Diego City Council are up for grabs this year with all but one (District 6) having an incumbent pushing to return to the body;
- Three are challenging for the District 4 seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, currently held by board Chair Nathan Fletcher;
- In Chula Vista, six are vying to be the mayor of San Diego County’s second-largest city as Mary Casillas Salas, the first Latina ever elected to the position, is now termed out;
- Seven candidates are in the running to serve as the next county sheriff after longtime Sheriff Bill Gore retired earlier this year. Interim Sheriff Anthony Ray, selected for the role upon Gore’s departure, is not among those running and will serve in the position until the new sheriff takes over in January;
- There’s a mix of incumbents and challengers attempting to secure spots in the State Assembly and the State Senate. Locally, the most visible of these races has been the one to replace the departed Lorena Gonzalez in the 80th District with Democrats David Alvarez and Georgette Gómez jostling for the position; and
- Two seats are open on the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education and a half-dozen candidates have thrown hats into the ring between the races to represent District B and C.
For more information on other local races in the California June Primary and voting tips, check out our 2022 Election Guide.