Mail ballot drop boxes open for Nov. 7 special election

Official ballot drop box located outside of the North Park Library. Photo: County of San Diego

By SDCN Editor

San Diego, CA–Registered voters in the City of San Diego Fourth Supervisorial District, City of Chula Vista, Fallbrook Public Utility District, and Rainbow Municipal Water District can return their mail ballot for the November 7 special election at any one of 48 official ballot drop boxes located around the districts in San Diego County, officials said.

The ballots are expected to arrive to nearly 600,000 registered voters this week. Voters who live in each of those districts can vote in the elections.

The Registrar’s official ballot drop boxes are red, white, and blue and feature the Registrar’s logo along with the County seal. All boxes are labeled “Official Ballot Drop Box” and constructed from high-grade, heavy gauge stainless steel, county officials said.

Each ballot drop box is designed to prevent physical damage and unauthorized access to mail ballots. The boxes feature double-locking access doors, anti-pry door jambs, and other anti-theft construction measures. The Registrar’s ballot retrieval team is responsible for collecting ballots inside the box.

Thirty-nine official ballot drop boxes are located outdoors and are open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on the final day of voting, Nov. 7. Nine are located indoors and only available when the facility is open. 

On the last day of voting, all of the Registrar’s official ballot drop box locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters can find an official ballot drop box or vote center in their voter information pamphlet, or they can look it up online, and get additional details at They can also contact the Registrar of Voters at (858) 565-5800 or toll-free at (800) 696-0136.

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