Election Day Tips

Leave t-shirts, buttons and hats at home:
Electioneering, including wearing anything with a campaign slogan on it, is prohibited within 100 feet of the polling place while the polls are open on Election Day.  Anyone wearing such campaign slogans will be asked to remove or cover them while they are in the polling place.  Please help our poll workers by respecting the non-partisan nature of the polling place.
Check your polling place location:
Check your polling place on the back of your sample ballot or on your yellow notification card if you registered to vote after October 9th.  Many polling places have changed and you should not assume that you will be voting at the same polling place as the last election.  Voters can look up their polling place on line at www.slovote.com or call the elections office at 781-5228.  Additional phone lines will be open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Be prepared:
With many contests and 11 state propositions, the general election ballot is very long.  It is helpful to mark your sample ballot and take it to the polls on Election Day, as a reference to more easily mark the official ballot.
Avoid busy times:
If you have a choice of time to vote, avoid the busiest time of the day: before work ( 7:00 to 9:00 a.m); during lunch hour (11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.) and after work (5:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.)
Vote-by-mail ballots must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on election night:
Remember that in order to be counted, a vote-by-mail ballot must be RECEIVED by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, either at any polling place in this county or at the County Clerk-Recorder’s office in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero.  The identification envelope must be signed before you return the ballot. If you decide that you want to go to the polls and vote instead of voting the vote-by-mail ballot, take the ballot with you to surrender at the polls.