Sample ballot deadline approaches

To receive a sample ballot in the mail, voters must register on or by Jan. 7, according to the Contra Costa County Elections Department.

Pick up voter registration forms at city and county offices, Department of Motor Vehicles, libraries, fire stations, post offices and some schools and colleges. Registration forms must be postmarked by Jan. 7 or returned to the Election Department by 5 p.m. in order to trigger the mailing of a sample ballot.

The Election Department is located at 555 Escobar St. in Martinez and its hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Election officials will also send applications to vote by mail with the sample ballot. Voters who wish to vote by mail may fill out the application.

If voters wish to vote by mail prior to receiving their sample ballot, they must submit a letter to the Elections Office requesting that a ballot be mailed to them. Each voter must include the address at which he or she is registered and a signature. Ballots cannot be requested over the phone nor may voters request ballots for others including spouses or family members. Send written requests to the Elections Department, PO Box 271, Martinez, CA 94553 or fax to 925-335-7838.

Voters may also download a vote-by-mail application at the county’s web site, www.cocovote.us.

The final day to request a mail ballot is Jan. 29.

Voters who have registered as permanent mail voters will automatically receive their ballots in the mail starting the week of Jan. 7. If you wish to become a permanent mail voter, call the Elections Department at 925-335-7800 and request an application.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen