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Sample Ballots on the way for November 8 General Election

September 30, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Approximately 940,000 sample ballots and information pamphlets started going out to Riverside County voters on Thursday, September 29 for the general election on November 8. The initial sample ballot mailing process will be complete by October 11.

Material in the pamphlet will help voters make informed choices. Voters may mark their selections on the sample ballot and use it as a guide to help them complete their official ballot at the polls. The Registrar of Voters recommends that voters review the materials before casting an official ballot. If voters do not receive an informational guide in the mail, it will be available online at on October 11. Voters also may call the registrar’s office at (951) 486-7200 or (800) 773-8683 to request a mailed copy.

Registered voters in all areas of the county are eligible to cast votes in the November 8 election. For questions about your eligibility to vote, contact the registrar’s office at (951) 486-7200.

Voter polling-place locations are printed on the back cover of the information pamphlet, which includes an application to request a vote-by-mail ballot. A Spanish-language version of the pamphlet will be available at and a copy can be mailed upon request.

Below is a list of important deadlines for the November 8 election:

  • Oct. 11 – First day of early voting in the Registrar of Voters’ office and first day the registrar is allowed to mail vote-by-mail ballots to voters.

  • Oct. 24 – Last day to register to vote for the November 8 election.

  • Nov. 1 – Last day the registrar may accept mailed requests for vote-by-mail ballots. After November 1, voters must go to the registrar’s office to request and pick up a vote-by-mail ballot. Voters who have requested but not received a vote-by-mail ballot by November 1 should contact the registrar’s office at (951) 486-7200.

  • Nov. 8 – Election Day

Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by elections officials no later than the close of the polls on Election Day or be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day to be counted.

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