SAN DIEGO — Voters have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to request a mail ballot from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters for next week’s primary election.
The registrar’s office is now accepting mail ballot requests by phone, and registered voters can call (858) 565-5800 to get a ballot for the June 7 election.
They can also email or fax a letter to the registrar’s office that includes their name, address, name and date of the election, the address where the ballot is to be mailed and a signature. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the fax line is (858) 694-2955.
Voters can fill out an application on the back of their sample ballot or voter information pamphlet, or download one from sdvote.com.
The application must be received by the registrar’s office by 5 p.m. — a postmark won’t suffice.
The registrar’s office also said 22 drop-off locations for completed ballots are now available during regular business hours.
“The number of voters who opt to vote by mail continues to rise, and this program helps with the timely return of mail ballots, decreases the high volume of voters dropping off mail ballots at polling places on Election Day and expands our services,” Registrar Michael Vu said.
Around 900,000 mail ballots were sent out to voters, according to Vu.
The drop-off locations include:
— Carlsbad, Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road;
— Chula Vista, Civic Center Library, 365 F St.;
— Chula Vista, Otay Ranch Library, 2015 Birch Road;
— Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave.;
— El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Ave.,
— Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive;
— Escondido Library, 239 S. Kalmia St.;
— Fallbrook Library, 124 S. Mission Road;
— 4S Ranch Library, 10433 Reserve Drive;
— Imperial Beach Library, 847 Encina Ave.;
— La Mesa Library, 8074 Allison Ave.;
— Oceanside Civic Center, 300 N. Coast Highway;
— Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road;
— Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.;
— San Diego, North Park Library, 3795 31st St.;
— San Diego, Pacific Beach Library, 4275 Cass St.;
— San Diego, Registrar of Voters Office, 5600 Overland Ave.;
— San Diego, Scripps Miramar Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive;
— San Marcos Library, 2 Civic Center Drive;
— Santee Library, 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd.;
— Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave.;
— Spring Valley Library, 836 Kempton St.; and
— Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.
He said the sooner that completed ballots are returned, the more can be counted when the polls close at 8 p.m. on June 7.
As an alternative, voters who cannot make it to a polling place on Election Day can cast ballots ahead of time at the registrar’s office, 5200 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — weekdays and this weekend — until the polls close.