Voting by mail begins Oct. 5 in the special Nov. 3 election where voters will select the replacement for former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.
Voters will choose from among Democrat and Lt. Gov. John Gararmendi, Republican David Harmer and three minor party candidates.
Read on for the detailed press release about mail and other deadlines from the Contra Costa Registrar of Voters:
Sample Ballot Registration Deadline and 1st Day for Vote by Mail for the November 3, 2009 Consolidated Election
October 5, 2009 is the deadline to register to vote in order to be mailed a Sample Ballot for the November 3, 2009 Consolidated Election including US Representative in Congress, 10th District, Acalanes Union High School District, Walnut Creek School District, City of San Ramon and City of Walnut Creek. Registration forms may be obtained at City Offices, County Offices, DMV’s, Libraries, Fire Stations, Post Offices, and some Schools and Colleges. The completed registration form must be received by the Contra Costa County Elections Division on or before October 5, 2009. Registration forms may be completed at the Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office at 555 Escobar St., Martinez from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Beginning October 5, 2009, Vote by Mail (Absentee) ballots will be available for Contra Costa County registered voters who wish to vote by mail. Each voter wanting to Vote by Mail must complete and sign an application. An application will be included with the Sample Ballot. Voters are encouraged to use the Sample Ballot application or apply on line at www.cocovote.us. Written requests may be faxed to (925) 335-7838 or mailed to the Elections Division at P.O. Box 271, Martinez, CA 94553 and must include all required information including residence address, mailing address and the voter’s signature. Ballots cannot be requested over the phone. October 27, 2009 is the last day for the Elections Division to receive a request for a ballot to be mailed.
Voters may visit the Elections Office in downtown Martinez at 555 Escobar Street beginning October 5, 2009 if they wish to vote in person or pick up their own Vote by Mail ballot. The period to request a ballot in person continues through Election Day.
Any voter who wishes to become a Permanent Vote by Mail voter may call the Elections Office (925) 335-7800 to request that an application be mailed to them. Voters who have already applied to become Permanent Vote by Mail voters will automatically receive their ballot and should not reapply. Ballots will be mailed beginning the week of October 5, 2009.
Voters who have questions regarding registration or vote by mail may call the Elections office at (925) 335-7800.