Politics & Government

Nearly 95,000 SLO County residents are voting by mail this year

The number of residents in San Luis Obispo County voting by mail is approaching six figures, and this year’s total is the highest ever, according to county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald.

Rodewald said 94,800 absentee ballots have been issued for the Nov. 6 presidential election, eclipsing the previous record of 90,640, set in August 2010 in a special election for state Senate between Sam Blakeslee and John Laird, which Blakeslee won.

The final registration numbers show 158,000 voters. Of those, 10,000 have registered since early September.

Rodewald said more than 31,000 ballots had been filled out and returned as of Friday, and she expects an additional 30,000 to 35,000 to be returned by Election Day.

A further analysis, including breakdown by political party, can be found at http://www.slovote.com.

Rodewald said voters who have requested a vote-by-mail ballot and not received it should call her office at 781-5080.

All voted ballots must be received in the Clerk-Recorder’s Office, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, by 8 p.m. Nov. 6. A voter must sign his or her name on the identification envelope containing the ballot.

For more information, call 781-5228.