Yolo County residents will likely see two different voting-related postcards in their mailboxes in the next few days, if they haven’t already.
Pay attention to the one from the Yolo County Elections Office. The one from the U.S. Postal Service? Not so much, according to the county elections office and the California secretary of state’s office.
The USPS postcard, which was sent out nationwide, is already the subject of a lawsuit filed by Colorado’s secretary of state, Jena Griswold, who said the postcards provide false information that may disenfranchise voters.
“There is information on this postcard that is not relevant to the voters in California and causing confusion,” the Yolo County elections office said in a press release Friday.
Specifically, the postcard tells postal customers they should request vote-by-mail ballots at least 15 days before Election Day and mail them back at least seven days before.
However, in California, all active registered voters will be mailed a ballot beginning Oct. 5 whether they’ve requested a vote-by-mail ballot or not.
The ballots can be filled out and returned in the provided envelope — no postage needed — via the mail, a ballot drop-off box or at a Voter Assistance Center.
“For voters that return their ballot by mail, as long as it is post-marked by Nov. 3 our office has 17 days after Nov. 3 to receive it and count the vote,” the Yolo County elections office said.
Residents can still register to vote online at https://registertovote.ca.gov/ to receive their ballot in the mail the first full week of October.
Ballot drop-off boxes will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 5, and will close at 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The designated ballot drop off box in Winters will be located inside at Lorenzo’s Market, 121 E. Grant Ave.
The voter assistance center will be located at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave. This location will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day (Tuesday, Nov. 3).
At this locations, residents can drop off vote-by-mail ballots, cast a live vote, register to vote, receive assistance and more. These centers essentially replace the neighborhood polling places voters are used to but which will not be available this year.
As for that other postcard — the Yolo County elections office mailed those out on Friday.
The mailing is an Address Confirmation Postcard and recipients are asked to carefully review the information and confirm that it is correct to ensure they receive all important election mail.
Fill out the required information, sign the postcard and return it promptly, the elections office requested. The return postage is paid.
For more information about voting in the upcoming election, visit yoloelections.org.
See a list and details for all 12 voter assistance centers and 12 drop-off ballot box locations in Yolo County online at https://www.yoloelections.org/voting/locations.