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Election Day Guide: What to Know About Voting in San Diego

San Diego voters are set to cast ballots in a variety of local and statewide contests, including the race for California governor and a few contentious congressional districts, when polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Here is what you need to know: 

Find your polling place

There are hundreds of precincts in San Diego County that will be open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The county’s Registrar of Voters has created an online tool to help voters find their polling place. Type in your address and hit submit. 

If you go to the wrong polling location, a provisional ballot will be required and it will take longer for your vote to be processed, the registrar’s office said.

Mail Ballot Voters

More than 1.1. million mail ballots were sent out to registered voters in San Diego County. Mail-in ballots will be accepted until Friday as long as they are postmarked by the U.S. Post Office by Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

The outer envelope must be signed and dated. If a ballot was sent without a signature, use this form.

Mail voters who have decided to vote in person will need to bring their mail-in ballot to their polling location. 

There are 60 locations in San Diego County where mail ballot voters can drop off their ballot on election day. These locations are for mail ballot drop-offs only. 

A mail ballot can also be dropped off at any poll on Election Day. 

Verify if you received a mail-in ballot here

Register to Vote on Primary Election Day

San Diegans who wish to vote but missed the Oct. 22 deadline can go to the Registrar of Voters office at 5600 Overland Ave. between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday to fill out a Conditional Voter Registration form. 

This primary election in June was the first time conditional voting registration was implemented in the state of California. 

What if there is a problem? 

If you feel like your vote is being mishandled, there are steps you can take. First, know the Voter Bill of Rights.  

The San Diego Superior Court will have judicial officers on hand on Election Day for any issues that arise.

Voters should call the San Diego Registrar of Voters at (858) 565-5800 or (800) 696-0136 to alert them of the problem and for information on how to proceed. 

If the issue was not resolved, contact the Secretary of State’s office at and the San Diego Superior Court judicial officer will be alerted. 

Voters can also alert the NBC 7 Investigates team of a problem here

San Diego County Election Facts

Voters in San Diego County will receive a two-card ballot at the polls this year, which will have contests listed on both the front and back of each page. 

There are 1.74 million registered voters in San Diego County. That’s more than 78 percent of the county’s population. Thirty-six percent of San Diego’s voters are registered as Democrats and 28 percent are registered as Republicans. 

Statewide Contests

California voters will choose the state’s next governor, lieutenant governor, superintendent of public education and other statewide offices. Click below for a look at the candidates for state office on the November ballot in California.

Voters will also decide on 12 statewide ballot propositions. Click here for a detailed explanation of each proposition. Click here to see a list of top-10 contributors to each proposition.


  • Prop 1: Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute.
  • Prop 2: Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. Legislative Statute.
  • Prop 3: Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute.
  • Prop 4: Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute.
  • Prop 5: Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
  • Prop 6: Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees Be Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
  • Prop 7: Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute.
  • Prop 8: Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute.
  • Prop 9: On July 18, 2018, Proposition 9 was removed from the ballot by order of the California Supreme Court.
  • Prop 10: Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.
  • Prop 11: Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute.
  • Prop 12: Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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