Early voting for the general election started today in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – We are a little less than 1 month from the general election. The voting signs are up and the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office is open. Aaron Morgan was one of the first people there.

“I thought I would get a head start, be proactive and get an early start.”

Anthony Blas says he wanted to get an early start on making sure his personal information was updated.

” I came today to put in my change of address and my voting by mail paperwork so I can do my duty.”

Early voting for the November 6th general election is now officially underway at 5600 Overland Avenue.

“It took me about 5 to 7 minutes to vote. I thought it was a very efficient process” said Morgan.

There are 326 items on the ballot throughout the entire county. That’s 52 questions on the ballot, 11 of them are state propositions and 41 of those are local measures.

“We’re sending out 1.1 million mail ballots to the US Postal Service today so voters should be receiving those in the next couple of days” said Michael Vu, Registrar of Voters.

Keep in mind if you are voting by mail, the official ballot for the general election this year is a two card ballot meaning there are two pages. That means that when you mail it back extra postage will be required — $0.71 to be exact. For those of you wanting a sample ballot pamphlet and voter information pamphlet, don’t worry, the office it’s still sending those out.

“We are sitting at over 1.7 million registered voters. That’s the highest it’s ever been in any election we’ve conducted in the county. That number will of course increase by the time voter registration deadline happens on October 22nd” said the registrar of voters.

Vu also says he expects to see close to a 75% turnout for this election and long lines on Election Day. He says voting now could save you the headache of a long wait at the polls.

“The last time we had an open gubernatorial general election, we had a 64% turnout so I anticipate with the political climate out there, a lot close contests out there, a lot of high-profile races, a lot of questions to consider, I anticipate voters will turn out in this upcoming election.”

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