Placer elections chief seeks absentee ballots ASAP

Drop-offs encouraged at locations throughout the county, including North Auburn
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Drop-off started Oct. 29

Voters have been allowed to drop off their filled-out mail-in ballots since last Tuesday.

Signage has been placed at the ballot drop-off locations so voters know where to deposit their ballots inside the locations.

The locations are:

- Granite Bay Library, 6475 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday

- The Martha Riley Library, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday

- The Roseville City Clerk’s Office, 311 Vernon St., Roseville, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Monday

- The Rocklin City Clerk’s Office, 3890 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday

- Lincoln City Clerk’s Office, 600-6th St., Lincoln, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Monday

- Placer County Elections Division office, 2956 Richardson Drive, Auburn, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as well as regular office hours Friday and Monday. There is also a 24-hour drop-off box outside the office.

On election day, voters may also drop off their voted ballots at any polling location in Placer County between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

AUBURN CA - Foot-dragging absentee voters are being asked by Placer County’s elections chief Jim McCauley to get their vote-by-mail ballots in as quickly as possible before Tuesday’s election day.

McCauley, the county’s registrar of voters, said that the continuing trend of voters requesting absentee ballots has also meant fewer votes being counted by election night – and leaving many close races up in the air for several days.

McCauley is requesting that voters mail or drop off their completed ballots as soon as they can to avoid having them included in a late count, which includes the time-consuming process of verifying signatures after election day on Tuesday.

By mid-week, Placer County’s elections division had issued just more than 138,000 absentee ballots and had received 52,535 back. With less than a week to go and 38 percent of the absentee ballots in hand at the elections division, McCauley said his concern is that election night counts could be dramatically different than final tallies as last-minute mail-in ballots are received and not counted.

He’s estimating that about 25,000 ballots will be left uncounted and carried over for counting after Election Day. In close races, that could leave results open-ended for several days.

“Election night results could change drastically because of the absentee ballots,” McCauley said. “I’m asking people to mail in their absentee ballots as quickly as possible so we will have a better idea of the vote count Tuesday.”

By midweek, Placer County’s voter registration numbers had swelled to 208,621 – a record total, according to McCauley.

“The number of voters is the highest Placer County has ever had,” McCauley said. “Both the Republicans and Democrats put on late registration drives.”

Republicans now have 98,573 registered voters while the Democratic Party count is 58,555. A total of 42,574 chose not to state a party preference.

California Secretary of State figures show that its count indicates Placer County is second behind Orange County in the percentage of registered voters in comparison to population eligible to vote. Orange County has an 84 percent registration rate to Placer’s 79 percent. San Francisco is third, with 77 percent of eligible voters registered, according to September statistics from the state.

How to find your polling place:

One site launched by the Yes on 30 campaign allows registered voters to find their polling places anywhere in California by entering their address. The address for looking the information up is It’s in both English and Spanish and optimized to work on smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers.