John Gardner, Solano County’s assistant registrar of voters, offers reminders to prospective voters
Vallejo Times-Herald, by Richard Bammer, January 4, 2020
The California Primary is set for March 3 and voters are encouraged to be prepared.
The primary is a “party-based” election for presidential candidates, John Gardner, Solano County’s assistant registrar of voters, said in a press release issued Friday:
He advised voters to verify which party they are registered with by either calling the County Registrar, at 784-6675, or going online at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov. Any registration changes must be submitted by Feb. 17 for the upcoming election.
Gardner pointed out that voters registered without a party can select a “cross-over” ballot for either the Democratic, American Independent, or Libertarian parties. Voters can request these ballots over the phone, by e-mail, or in-person on Election Day at their assigned polling location.
Voters who are registered without a party can still vote for Republican, Green or Peace and Freedom party candidates by updating their registration to be registered with one of these parties. Again, the changes must be completed by the Feb. 17 deadline, Gardner said.
He added that his office is “starting to ramp up” recruitment of poll workers for the primary.
The County Registrar needs some 1,100 volunteer poll workers to fill a variety of slots both on Election day and prior to Election Day. Workers can assist voters at traditional polling places, or at curbside drop-off locations in and Fairfield and Vallejo.
More information can be found at the Registrar’s website, http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov/workers/default.asp, or by calling to speak to a poll worker team member.
Gardner encourages service, church and nonprofit groups to adopt polling locations.
“This can be a great fundraiser for organizations or a way to be recognized in the community you serve,” he wrote in the release.
Such groups can earn more $1,500 by adopting a location and volunteering a team of workers to assist with the election.
More information on adopting polling places can be found online at http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov/workers/adopt_a_poll.asp.
Good news for vote-by-mail voters — postage will not be required for your 2020 ballots.
Ballots can be dropped off at these locations:
- At any of the seven city clerk’s offices during business hours;
- At the Registrar’s office, 675 Texas St., suite 2600 (second floor), in Fairfield during normal business hours;
- At any polling place on Election Day;
- At two curbside drop-off locations from Feb. 27 to 29 and March 2, and 3 on the Union Street side of the County Administration Building in Fairfield during business hours; and at the California Maritime Academy Aquatic Center, 117 Maritime Academy Drive in Vallejo.
The County Registrar of Voters is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be open on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., to provide election services to the public.