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Track your election mail-in ballot

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Austin Widger, Ojai Valley News reporter

With the 2020 general election just four days away, a record number of 500,062 Ventura County residents registered to vote and well over 173,695 ballots have already been received by the Ventura County Elections Division.

The amount of time it takes for a mail-in ballot to be received from the postmark date can vary, according to Elections Division Public Information Officer Miranda Nobriga. Voters can track their own ballot at https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/.

The ballots are processed within a couple days of receipt by the county. Each one has its signature verified and is scanned. However, ballots are not counted until election night after the polls close, Nobriga told the Ojai Valley News.

If a voter realizes he/she made a mistake in marking their ballot, the voter may request a new ballot, as long as the voter has not mailed in the incorrectly marked ballot already. A voter with a spoiled ballot (coffe spill or wrong bubbled filled in) can go to any of the polling places and surrender that ballot and request a new one. For more information, call 805-654-2664.

For a list of in-person voting places and times they are open starting Oct. 31, and ending on Nov. 3, at 8 p.m., visit: https://recorder.countyofventura.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/InPersonVotingLocations.pdf

In Ojai, the in-person polling place is at American Legion Post 482, 843 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
In Oak View, it is at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View.

The in-person polling places are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, Sunday, Nov. 1, and Monday, Nov. 2. They are open on Tuesday, Nov. 3 — Election Day — from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ballots may also be dropped in any Official Ballot Box drop or can be put in the mail with a Nov. 3 postmark — no stamps required.

For more elections information from the Ventura County Clerk-Recorder / Registrar of Voters office, visit: https://recorder.countyofventura.org/elections/

If a ballot is not filled out correctly, such as a signature being missed, voters will be notified to complete a form. The form can be found at https://recorder.countyofventura.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Sig-Verification-Ballot-Envelope-Statement-Eng_-Revised-Nov-2020.pdf

If you are eligible to vote, but have not yet registered to vote, you can register and vote through Election Day on a conditional ballot. Instruction on how to register through Election Day can be found at: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/same-day-reg/

If one turns their ballot into one of the county’s official ballot drop boxes, it will be collected daily from Monday through Saturday. There are two ballot drop boxes in the Ojai Valley:

— Ojai City Hall, 401 S Ventura St., Ojai. This box is outdoors and open 24/7.

— County of Ventura Fire Station No. 23, 15 Kunkle Street, Oak View. This box is outdoors and open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Earlier this month, the county received reports of unofficial ballot drop boxes in the county. Two were reported in Simi Valley and were gone by the time (Ventura County) Elections staff arrived, (that) same day,” Nobriga said.

Voters who choose to return their ballot at a drop box should only use official drop boxes. Official ballot drop boxes are clearly recognizable, designed to meet state standards for security and bear the official Ventura County Elections logo.

In addition, 47 in-person voting locations will be open Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For a complete list of the 34 official ballot drop box and 47 in-person voting locations countywide, go to www.venturavote.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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