Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Elections Office has already received 30% of the vote-by-mail ballots that were sent out in anticipation of Tuesday’s election.
County Clerk and Auditor Controller Debi Bautista says around 78% of the Tuolumne County electorate chooses to vote by mail. She says traditionally the majority of the ballots arrive at her office in the final few days leading up the election.
In past years, the ballots needed to be received by Election Day in order to be counted. However, a change in state law will now allow ballots to be received in the mail through June 10th, assuming that they are post marked by Election Day. Bautista still encourages voters to send the ballots early so that they can be included in the early tabulation figures this coming Tuesday evening.
Of additional note, if you do not want to head to the polls Tuesday, you can vote early during the regular business hours at the Tuolumne County Election’s Office at 2 S. Green Street up until Tuesday. Bautista adds that the office will also be open for special hours this Saturday from 9am-1pm.
There are several competitive local races this time around including the Board of Supervisors, Sonora City Council, California Assembly and US Congress.