ELECTION NEWS

What’s New in our 2020 Election?

Statewide Election Changes — All Vote-by-Mail General Election!

On May 8, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20, which, among other things, orders that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to each voter prior to the November 3, 2020 in addition to offering in-person voting locations.

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In order to be sent a vote-by-mail ballot, you must be a registered voter. If you believe you are already registered, you can verify your registration online with our “My Voter Status” tool.

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If you are not already registered, you can register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. As part of registering to vote, you are given the option to become a “permanent vote-by-mail voter,” which means you would automatically receive a ballot in the mail before each election.

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Online pre-registration is now available for eligible 16 and 17 year olds by visiting registertovote.ca.gov. California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old. Click here to pre-register to vote.

Voter Info

Ballots

Due to COVID-19, all active registered voters in California will receive a ballot by mail this year. Those already registered in Marin should receive a ballot within a week of Monday, October 5. Registered voters who fail to receive a ballot in the mail should call the Marin County Elections Department at (415) 473-6456.

Completed ballots that are returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 17 days after Election Day.

Drop Box Locations

Marin County will also have at least 12 drop box locations for vote-by-mail ballots. The drop boxes will be available day and night from October 6 through 8:00 p.m. on November 3. The closest drop box to Sausalito will be at the Marin City Library at 164 Donahue Street.

Drop box locations: www.marincounty.org/depts/rv/election-info/election-schedule/page-data/tabs-collection/2020/nov-3/dropbox/dropbox-locations

In-person Voting

For those who wish to vote in person, a polling place will be available in the Exercise Room on the lower level of Sausalito City Hall at 420 Litho Street. Bring your unused mail-in ballot with you if you have one.

Hours for voting are:

Saturday, October 31 — 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 1 — 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 2 — 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3 — 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Polling places will also have drop boxes for vote-by-mail ballots.

Voter Registration

If you are among those who haven’t yet registered, it’s not too late to register and receive a mail-in ballot. The deadline for online voter registration in California is Monday, October 19. Prospective voters may also request a paper registration form by mail by calling (415) 473-6456. Completed forms must be returned with a postmark that is no later than October 19. After that date, unregistered voters must follow the same-day registration process to register and vote.

Voters with Dissabilities

For those over 60 or with a disability, Call A Ride for Sausalito Seniors (CARSS) can help you get to the polls or drop off your ballot. Drivers from CARSS can take you to the polls on one of the voting days, or they can pick up your ballot at your door and take it to the drop box in Marin City. To reserve your ride or ballot pickup, please contact CARSS at (415) 944-5474 or infocarss4you@gmail.com. CARSS is a City of Sausalito Age-Friendly Program managed by Sausalito Village.

Additional Voting Information

Additional information about the General Election on November 3 is available on the website of the Marin County Elections Department at marincounty.org/depts/rv.

View frequently asked questions from the Marin County Elections Department: marincounty.org/depts/rv/faqs

Check your voter registration status in Marin: marincounty.org/depts/rv/voting-information/elections-dashboard

Register to vote in California: registertovote.ca.gov