Let’s start with some numbers:
There are 150,139 registered voters in San Luis Obispo County. Most of them — about 96,000 — vote by mail.
As of Friday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo County Elections Office had received 39,200 ballots.
That means most of us have yet to vote. But not to worry, there’s plenty of time.
If you have a vote-by-mail ballot, DO NOT drop it in the mail. County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald advises delivering it, either to the Elections Office at the Government Center on Monterey Street between now and Election Day, or at any polling place on Tuesday.
If you vote at the polls, you know the drill: Show up at your polling place on Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
While we believe it’s important to vote in every single election, it’s hard to recall when there’s been so much at stake for local communities. Among other races, three cities have sales tax measures on the ballot; Grover Beach is asking residents to fund street repairs; Morro Bay wants to change the way it elects its mayor and City Council; Cuesta College is asking voters throughout the county to approve a tax measure to improve San Luis Obispo and North County campuses; a Pismo Beach measure is asking whether city voters should have the final say over large development projects in Price Canyon.
We aren’t going to hector, cajole or beg, but with so much riding on this election, we believe your voice — and the voices of the other 150,138 registered voters in San Luis Obispo County — deserves to be heard.
As we said, there’s still plenty of time. Don’t forget to vote.