I know a lot of people enjoy the convenience of absentee voting. For my part, I like to go to the polls on election day. There’s just something really exciting about it for me. I like the energy. I like getting my sticker and wearing it all day. I just think it’s fun. I lived in Oregon when I turned 18, where everyone has to do vote by mail. So I never got to go vote at the polls until I moved to Oakland, and it still feels like kind of a treat for me.
But for those who do vote absentee, here are some things you need to know to make sure your vote gets counted.
One, it is too late now to mail in your ballot. The voting deadline is not a postmark deadline. If you are an absentee voter, and you have not sent in your ballot yet, you need to bring it to the polls and drop it off. If you don’t know where your polling place is, you can find out here. Polls will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2nd.
For those who are busy tomorrow and think they may run any risk whatsoever of not being able to get to the polls, you can go vote today at the Alameda County Courthouse in downtown Oakland (1225 Fallon St., RM. G-1). They will be open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Two, if you have mailed in your absentee ballot, it’s a good idea to double check with the registrar and make sure it has been received. You can type in your address and birth date to find out if your absentee ballot has been received on the Registrar of Voters website.
If you discover that your absentee ballot has not been received, to make sure that your vote gets counted, you need to go to your polling place on election day and request a provisional ballot. You will be able to fill it out there, and if your absentee ballot does not get there in time, your provisional ballot will count.
Another thing. Like Becks, I have found, when speaking to voters, that a lot of people are not realizing just how long this ballot is. There are multiple pages on your ballot, so make sure you fill them all out.
Finally, if you’re still confused about Ranked Choice Voting, please take a look at the explanation I wrote, the RCV page on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website, or one of the helpful video explanations provided by the Registrar of Voters.