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Election 2014: CA begins sending vote-by-mail ballots

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — County elections officials are now mailing vote-by-mail ballots for the November 4 general election. Military and overseas ballots were mailed in September.

Whether sent by mail or cast in a polling place, all Nov. 4 ballots must be received by county elections officials no later than 8 p.m. on election day. Postmarks do not count.

A new law allowing ballots postmarked by Election Day and arriving up to three days later takes effect in 2015.

"Each election, more voters are choosing to vote by mail," said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state's chief elections official. "Voting from the comfort of home makes it easier for voters to take time making their choices and relieves some of the pressure of worrying about getting to the polls on a specific day."

Registered voters may request a vote-by-mail ballot until October 28. A voter may obtain a vote-by-mail application online at sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_m.htm — or by using the application in the sample ballot booklet mailed by their respective county elections office.

In the June 2014 primary election, an all-time high of 69 percent of ballots cast were by mail. More than 51 percent of participating voters used vote-by-mail ballots in the November 2012 general election.

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Early voting options

Nevada County residents can vote eraly for the Nov. 4 election at the Truckee Town Clerk’s Department at Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., starting this week through Nov. 3.

Placer County residents can vote early at the Placer County Elections Office at 2956 Richardson Drive in Auburn.

El Dorado County residents can vote early at the Recorder Clerk’s office at 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe, starting this week through Nov. 3, weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.

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