If you are registered to receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the Nov. 6 California General Election and have not yet received it, call the Riverside County Registrar of Voters — now.

The number to call is (951) 486-7200.

All vote-by-mail ballots were sent between Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, according to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office. Due to the volume, they were mailed in waves of 100,000 so as not to overwhelm the U. S. Postal  Service.

If you have not received yours it could be clogged in the postal system.

Ballots must be received at the Registrar of Voters Office or any Riverside County polling place by 8 p.m. on 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 is the fastest growing method of voting in Riverside County. As of Monday, Oct. 29, 745,072 vote-by-mail ballots have been issued. Those returned will be the first counted on election night. Of those mailed out, 113,537 have been returned as of Oct. 29.

While vote-by-mail is growing in popularity, it does not work for some with disabilities.

Riverside County is now providing a voting service in the upcoming General  Election for voters with disabilities to be able to cast a vote-by-mail ballot. The Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail system, called OmniBallot, allows for voters who cannot vote a paper mail ballot due to disabilities to now access and mark their ballot using their home computers.

“For voters who cannot hold, mark or see their ballot due to disabilities, a paper ballot simply does not work,” Rebecca Spencer, registrar of voters in Riverside County, said in a prepared statement. “That is why we wanted to offer this service to our blind and disability community. Using the OmniBallot system, voters with disabilities can now vote by mail just like everyone else.”

The Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail system is not Internet voting. “Although the accessible ballot is delivered electronically, the voter still prints a paper ballot to be returned with their signature, just like a traditional vote by mail ballot. This system is in no way Internet voting,” Spencer said.

The OmniBallot system from Seattle-based Democracy Live was certified by the California Secretary of State to comply with all State and Federal accessibility laws.

To access the Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail system please click here.


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