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Vote-by-mail ballots for June 5 election are on the way to voters


Last updated 5/11/2018 at 12:58pm

RIVERSIDE – Approximately 633,000 vote-by-mail ballots were mailed to voters beginning Monday, May 7, for the consolidated primary election, June 5. Ballots should arrive in mailboxes by the end of the week. Completed ballots must be received at the Registrar of Voters office or any polling place within the state of California no later than the close of polls Election Day or be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day to be counted.

Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned through the postal service or deposited in vote-by-mail drop-off boxes at participating city clerks’ offices. City clerk drop-off locations and hours of operation can be found on the registrar’s website at A 24-hour drop box is available outside the main entrance of the registrar’s office at 2724 Gateway Drive in Riverside. Vote-by-mail ballots also may be dropped off at any polling place within the state of California before 8 p.m., Election Day.

Voters have until May 29, to request a vote-by-mail ballot by completing the request form on the back of their county voter information guide or by using the application form on the Registrar of Voters website at The request forms may be returned by mail or by fax to (951) 486-7272.

Early voting at the Registrar of Voters office began Monday, May 7, and continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding county holidays. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and Saturday, June 2. The registrar’s office will be open to voters 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Election Day. Early voting also will be offered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 25-27, at the Galleria at Tyler, 1299 Galleria at Tyler in Riverside; at Westfield Palm Desert, 72-840 Highway 111 in Palm Desert and the Promenade in Temecula, 40820 Winchester Road.

For any questions about a voter’s eligibility, contact the registrar’s office at (951) 486-7200.

Voters should remember some important information regarding the consolidated primary election. The office of governor has 27 qualified candidates; only vote for one candidate. Also, the office of U.S. Senator has 32 qualified candidates; again, only vote for one candidate.

To register, update an address or change political party preference, voters must complete a voter registration application and submit it by May 21. Register online at or request a paper application by calling (951) 486-7200.

Of special note, effective Jan. 1, 2017, conditional voter registration is available to eligible voters in California pursuant to Election Codes 2170 through 2173. Conditional voter registration extends the existing 15-day registration deadline to eligible voters, allowing them to register and vote 14 days before an election through Election Day. An eligible voter would need to register directly in the office of the Riverside County Registrar of Voters, 2724 Gateway Drive in Riverside, to conditionally register to vote and vote a provisional ballot.


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