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Ballots ready to deliver

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. 

The fierce regional debates over how, when and where to permit Americans to vote haven’t heated up in the same way here in Santa Clara County. But Town Crier readers have astute questions, informed by news of ballot trouble elsewhere. We’re going to be hosting a weekly series of election questions with answers from the county’s Registrar of Voters at losaltosonline.com/election-2020. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. 


Are you working or volunteering on efforts to help Americans vote this year? We’d like to hear stories of what local residents are doing to have an impact during this election. Email Eliza Ridgeway at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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