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The Nov. 3 General Election is fast approaching. The Ventura County Elections Division will deliver ballots to the U.S. Post Office on Friday, Oct. 2, three days ahead of  schedule. All registered voters will automatically receive a ballot at their mailing address on file. 
If you are a registered voter, you may take advantage of three alternatives:
    • Mail in your ballot.
    • Drop it in a drive-through ballot drop-off box.
    • Bring your mail-in ballot and vote in person at an in-person voting location.
Mail in your ballot
You may mail your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service. It must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
Place your ballot in a ballot drop-off box
You may drop your ballot in any of 33 ballot drop-off boxes throughout Ventura County. Most are drive-up boxes, so you do not even have to leave your car. This includes the ballot drop-off box outside Ojai City Hall. The box sits directly west of the main City Hall building, accessible by foot or from a vehicle’s driver’s-side window.
Bring your mail-in ballot and vote in-person at an in-person voting location Oct. 31 through Nov. 3
While voting by mail or drop box is encouraged, voters may bring their mail-in ballots and vote in person at any of 48 in-person voting locations in Ventura County. The in-person voting locations will open Oct. 31, and will remain open daily through Election Day. Voters coming to these locations must wear masks and observe 6-foot social-distancing protocols. Voters who do not bring their mail-in ballots with them to these locations and wish to vote in person may fill out an affidavit and staff can provide a provisional paper ballot.
Two in-person voting locations will be available in the Ojai Valley:
— Ojai: American Legion Post 482, 843 E. Ojai Ave.
— Oak View: Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road
For a list of all Ventura County ballot drop-off box locations and in-person voting locations, visit www.recorder.countyofventura.org/elections/elections/voter-information/polling-place-locations.
You can track your ballot. Register at www.california.ballottrax.net/voter to track your ballot to find out when it is received and counted.
Your ballot is secure. Ballots sent via U.S. mail on or before Nov. 3 will be postmarked and sent to Ventura County Elections to be counted. For ballots placed in ballot drop-off box locations and ballots deposited at the in-person voting locations, Ventura County Elections staff retrieve these ballots daily and deliver them to Ventura County Elections. 
If you lose or spoil your mail-in ballot, you may take it to an in-person voting location and obtain another ballot, or obtain one by completing the downloadable form and following the affidavit instructions www.recorder.countyofventura.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Affidavit-to-Request-Second-VBM-Eng-2020-Generic-Form-2-May-2020.pdf.
You can still register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov.
You can check your voter registration at www.voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.
Remember to sign the back of your vote-by-mail return envelope.
For more information, visit the Ventura County Elections Division website at www.venturavote.org or call 805-654-2664.

 

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