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Today is the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot in California

October 26, 2010 |  1:02 pm

Today is the last day to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail in California.

In Los Angeles County, voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot by going to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website and submitting an application no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday night.

L.A. County voters can also vote early through Nov. 2 by traveling to the Registrar-Recorder’s third-floor office at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk, where people can vote Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More questions on absentee ballots can be directed to (562) 466-1323.

Keep reading for more information on other Southern California counties.

Orange County voters must submit a request for an absentee ballot by filling out the form  before 5 p.m. Early in-person voting is also available at the Orange County Registrar of Voters between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the workweek before the election and on Saturday at 1300 S. Grand Avenue, Building C, in Santa Ana. Questions? Call (714) 567-7600.

Riverside County must receive absentee ballot requests from voters by 5 p.m. today. They can print out a request form and fax it to (951) 486-7272.  Those who want to vote early in person may do so at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters, 2724 Gateway Drive in Riverside, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Questions? Call (951) 486-7200.

San Bernardino County voters can fill out a request form and fax it in by 5 p.m. today at (909) 386-8388.  Early in-person voting is underway at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 777 East Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino. Questions? Call (909) 387-8300.

In Ventura County, voters can fill out a request form and fax it to (805) 648-9200 by 5 p.m. today. Early in-person voting is underway at the County Clerk and Recorder's office at 800 S. Victoria Avenue in Ventura from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions? Call (805) 654-2781.

Mailed ballots must be received by the county by Nov. 2; postmarked ballots will not count.

Some counties have opened up special sites where voters can drop off their absentee ballots without mailing them; find out more information for the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura.

Voters submitting a request for a vote-by-mail ballot today might receive their ballots by the end of the week. For voters who cannot mail their ballots in time for them to arrive at their county registrar's office by Election Day, they can drop off completed ballots at their local county elections office or at any polling place in their county of residence on Nov. 2, Election Day, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Voters can also ask a relative or roommate to deliver the ballot for them to a polling place, but don't forget to fill in a section on the absentee ballot authorizing another person to drop off your ballot.

--  Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration