You should expect to receive a ballot sometime in the next day or two if you haven't already. USPS worker Frank Beronilla, right, was shepherding a postal truck loaded with ballots in downtown Los Altos Oct. 5, the deadline for distribution to begin countywide. Every registered voter in Santa Clara County will receive a mail-in ballot this year, but each person also has the option of voting in person in lieu of returning their postal ballot.
Last week a reader noticed that early in-person voting is currently only available at the Registrar of Voters office in San Jose, at 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, and asked whether closer options will become available. In-person voting will begin closer to home Oct. 31, when voting centers open in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Locations are subject to change – we’ll keep an updated list of locations and opening hours at losaltosonline.com. Any registered voter can vote at any voting center within the county. If you choose to vote in person, you don't have to bring your mail-in ballot with you to the voting center, but you do have to destroy it so that it can't be used. The county registrar operates a voter database to verify that each person votes only once.