Voters are encouraged to return their ballot early, before Coordinated Election Day, November 5. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office also strongly recommends voters return their ballot at one of the secure 24-hour ballot drop boxes. Ten additional ballot drop boxes have been installed, totaling 26 strategically located boxes throughout the County. All ballot drop boxes are open 24/7 and are under video surveillance. A complete list with a map showing drive times is available at www.EPCVotes.com.
All ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 5, to be counted. Postmarked ballots received after the deadline cannot be counted. It is important for voters to remember to sign the back of their ballot envelope. For those voters returning their ballot in the mail, $0.55 standard postage is needed.
“Mail ballots give voters time to learn about candidates, questions and issues, decide on their choice, and then vote in the comfort of their home,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “It is tremendously helpful for our office when voters return their ballot early. We are able to release results more quickly on election night and that benefits everyone anxious to know the outcome of the races.”
With 26 ballot drop-off locations within 15 minutes of 98.89% of voters, all with secure access and 11 that are drive-up, returning a ballot couldn’t be easier. A map is available on www.EPCVotes.com under the tab Return My Ballot and shows locations for the ballot drop-off boxes and Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs). Voters can type in their address and search for the nearest location to them.
The VSPC located at the Citizens Service Center is currently open with the remaining four Clerk and Recorder Branch locations opening October 28, as VSPCs. Two additional VSPCs will be operating Monday and Tuesday, November 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and November 5, 7 a.m-7 p.m., at Victory World Outreach and Monument Town Hall. Voters who need to get a replacement ballot, update their registration, register to vote, or vote in person, may do so at any of the VSPCs.
Listed below are common mistakes we are seeing this 2019 Coordinated Election cycle.
- You must sign your own ballot envelope
- Verify your name and address before signing on the back of your ballot envelope.
- If you sign the incorrect envelope (such as your spouse’s), please draw a line through your signature and have the correct voter sign above.
- I.D. Required
- If your ballot instructions state you must return an I.D., you have to include a copy of an acceptable form of I.D. (acceptable forms listed in your voter instructions) to ensure your ballot is counted in a timely manner.
- Change your mind on a candidate or question/issue?
- Clearly state your intentions by drawing a line through the incorrect selection and darken the oval of the correct one and circle your choice.
- Identifying Marks
- Please do not sign or initial your voted ballot, even when making a correction. This ensures voter anonymity. Your signature should only be on the outside of your ballot envelope.