SLO County sends out record number of ballots
May 9, 2016
San Luis Obispo County is placing about 100,000 ballots in the mail on Monday, a record number for the county. About two thirds of county voters are currently registered to vote by mail.
County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong said the total number of vote-by-mail ballots has increased by about 25,000 over the last six or eight years. Gong expects the county will receive more vote-by-mail requests before the June 7 primary.
Registered voters may request vote-by-mail ballots anytime prior to the election. Those who wish to receive the ballots in the mail must submit the request at least seven days before the primary. In the week leading up to the election, voters can go to the clerk-recorder’s office and complete an application for a vote-by-mail ballot.
As of April 8, there are 149,785 registered voters in the county. There 59,211 registered Republicans (39.5 percent), 50,342 registered Democrats (33.6 percent) and 31,096 voters registered decline to state (20.8 percent).
Over the last year, total registration has increased by 964 voters. Democratic registration has increased by 1,485 and Republican registration has increased by 164. Decline to state registration has decreased by 719.
It is common for some voters to register with a party before a primary election. May 23 is the voter registration deadline.