A record 176,343 SLO County voters registered for the upcoming election to add to a record 20.5 million in California overall

Election officials are projecting a high voter turnout on Tuesday March 3, and Secretary of State Alex Padilla reminded voters of more options to vote.

“Election Day is one week from today, but that doesn’t mean that you have to wait until March 3rd to vote,” Padilla wrote in an email to voters.

With high voter turnout expected, Padilla provided three ways to avoid waiting in line a the polls on Tuesday.

  • If you received a vote-by-mail ballot, return it as soon as you can. You can drop it in the mail (you don’t even need a stamp, return postage is prepaid), make sure it’s postmarked on or before Election Day. Or you can turn it in at any polling place, vote center, or to your county elections office.
  • If you live in a county that has adopted the Voter’s Choice Act, vote centers are now open across the county. Find one that’s convenient to your home, job, school, or place of worship at: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/
  • Voters in any county can visit their county elections office to vote early. Find locations and hours at: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/

Local Candidates

In our local election, there are three seats up for election at the SLO County Board of Supervisors. Check out our Q&A with your local candidate.


Prop 13

A statewide initiative — named Prop 13 — is on the ballot in the March 3 election. Read all about it here.