June Primaries FAQ’s (2012)
1. Where do I vote if I live off campus?
Ideally, you should vote at the polling site designated for your current residency. You can find out the location of your polling site by calling the SD county registrar of voters. This allows you to vote for every race corresponding with your residency. You are eligible to vote at other polling sites but if you are not designated to vote, you will have to cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot allows you to vote in the election but may disqualify your vote from counting for certain local races (Board of Supervisors, City Council 1).
2. Where do I vote if I live on campus?
There will be five polling sites on campus. Rule of thumb is to vote at the polling site closest to you, but if you are not sure where the closest polling site is located call the SD county registrar of voters or ask someone at PC. You can also ask someone at the polling site whether or not you are allowed to vote there.
3. Do I need any ID to cast a ballot?
Yes, but only if you are a first time voter.
4. What time do polls open and close?
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
5. I’ve moved since I registered — can I still vote?
You must be registered to vote in San Diego in order to vote at a local polling site. However, if you think are registered to vote, you may cast a provisional ballot but it most likely will not count.
If you are registered at a different address you should have placed you San Diego as the mailing address to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Remember every time you move, you must re-register.
6. Is my employer required to give me time off to vote?
Yes, California law requires that employers give their employees time off to vote in statewide elections if employees do not have time to vote outside of their normal work schedule but voters must ask for it at least two working days in advance. The law provides for a maximum of two hours of paid leave for the purposes of voting. More information is on the Secretary of State’s “time off to vote” web page.
7. What is the process to vote?
You will be asked your name and a poll worker will find your name on the list of registered voters.
You will be asked to sign your name in the list of registered voters.
If a primary election, you will be given a ballot for a political party or a nonpartisan ballot.
8. Do I need ID?
You do not have to produce any identification unless you are a first time voter who registered by mail. In this case, bring your California drivers license or identification card.