What you need to know about voting in today’s Primary Election

So far, turnout is dismal. Experts blame the lack of exciting races and just plain old election fatigue following the recall and the election last November.

It’s California’s Primary Election Day; polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and here’s what you need to know:

Who votes: Every registered voter in California should have received a ballot in the mail.

How do you vote? There are multiple ways to cast your ballot:

  • Mail it back: Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than seven days after Election Day.
     
    • Bonus: Postage is paid.
       
  • Vote or drop off a ballot in person: In Palm Springs, there are three ballot drop-off locations where you can also vote in person:
     
    • Demuth Community Center at 3601 East Mesquite Ave.
    • James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center at 480 West Tramview Road.
    • Palm Springs Public Library at 300 South Sunrise Way.
       
  • Drop-off only: There’s a drop box at Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, but no voting booths.

Of note: You can also register to vote today and cast your ballot at each of the in-person voting locations, but it will only be counted once your registration has been verified.

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  • These locations will also provide replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance.

Election burnout: So far, turnout is dismal. According to the LA Times, just over 10% of registered voters in the state had cast a ballot as of Sunday. In Riverside County, as of this morning, only 15% of registered voters returned ballots.

  • Experts blame the lack of exciting races and just plain old election fatigue following the recall and the election last November.

Local races to watch: We’re casting our ballots in new districts, so some names may be unfamiliar. For example: Instead of voting in District 36 for the U.S. House of Representatives, Palm Springs is now in District 41, where the incumbent is Republican Ken Calvert. 

The room where it happens: If you’d like to watch democracy in action, check out this live stream to see tireless public servants at work on the Riverside County Ballot Count.

  • Or watch election results roll in the old-fashioned way here.

Details: If you need more information, here’s the link to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters. You can also double-check the drop-off locations here

Call the registrar’s office at 951-486-7200 if you have questions.

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