VOTING 101

How to vote in San Luis Obispo County

Your ballot will arrive in your mailbox the first week of October!

Governor Newsom through Executive Order ordered that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to each registered voter in addition to offering in-person voting locations. You should receive your ballot in the mail by October 5th.

Register to vote

Questions? Contact us if you have questions or contact the County Clerk office through their website or their physical office.

The County Clerk office is located at: 1055 Monterey Street. Suite D105. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 – (805) 781-5088

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Sign Up to Track Your Ballot

California offers a free service to track your vote-by-mail ballot, get notified when it’s received and counted at: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/wheres-my-ballot/ 

How to Vote Early

Once you receive your ballot, fill it out, sign the envelope, and return your ballot. Ways to vote this year in SLO County. Source SLO County Clerk:

1. TAKE YOUR BALLOT TO A DROP OFF LOCATION (see locations below).

Ballot drop-off locations will be open starting October 5th. If you have concerns about using USPS, this is the best choice.

San Luis Obispo

  • San Luis Obispo Clerk-Recorder 1055 Monterey St. (Monterey St. entrance, left side of door). Open: 24/7
  • Department of Social Services 3433 S. Higuera St San Luis Obispo. Open: M-F, 8am-5pm
  • Cal Poly – Robert E. Kennedy Library 1 Grand Ave, Bldg 35. Open: 24/7 Book Drop

North County

  • San Miguel Library 254 13th St 24/7 Book Drop
  • Paso Robles City Library 1000 Spring St M-F 10am-7pm Sat 10am-4pm 24/7 Book Drop M-Sat, 9am-10am Vulnerable population
  • Shandon Library 195 N. 2nd St 24/7 Book Drop
  • Creston Library 6290 Adams 24/7 Book Drop
  • Templeton CSD 420 Crocker St M-F, 8am-5pm
  • Atascadero Library 6555 Capistrano Ave Tu-Sat, 10am-5pm 24/7 Book Drop
  • Santa Margarita Library 9630 Murphy Ave 24/7 Book Drop

South County

  • Pismo Beach City Hall 760 Mattie Rd M-F, 8am-5pm
  • Grover Beach City Hall 154 S. 8th St M-F, 8am-5pm
  • Arroyo Grande Library 800 W. Branch St Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm 24/7 Book Drop
  • Oceano CSD 1655 Front St Tu-Th, 11am-6pm Fri, 11am-5pm
  • Nipomo Library 918 W. Tefft Tu-Sat 10am-5pm 24/7 Book Drop

North Coast

  • Cambria Library 1043 Main St Tu-Sat, 10am-5pm 24/7 Book Drop
  • Cayucos Library 310 B Street 24/7 Book Drop
  • Morro Bay Library 625 Harbor St Tu-Sat, 10am-5pm 24/7 Book Drop
  • Los Osos Library 2075 Palisades Tu-Sat, 10am-5pm 24/7 Book Drop

2. TAKE YOUR BALLOT TO A VOTER SERVICE CENTER (VSC)

  • Voters can go to any VSC in the County starting Oct. 31 to Nov 3. Your ballot will have the nearest polling location information.
  • Vote by Mail Ballots can be dropped off at Voter Service Centers as well
  • Open Saturday, October 31st – Monday, November 2nd, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Open
  • ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3rd, 7 A.M. – 8 P.M.

San Luis Obispo

  • Ludwick Center Gym 864 Santa Rosa StOff Mill St.
  • Octagon Barn 4400 Octagon Way
  • San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo Airport – Old Terminal 901 Airport Dr
  • Cal Poly Performing Arts Center Lobby 1 Grand Avenue
  • Clerk-Recorder Office 1055 Monterey St.

North County

  • Mid-State Fairgrounds 2198 Riverside Ave Paso Robles
  • Paso Robles Culinary Arts Building 1900 Golden Hill Rd Paso Robles
  • Senior Center 270 Scott St. Heritage Ranch CSD 4870 Heritage Rd Paso Robles
  • Templeton High School Gym 1200 S. Main
  • Atascadero Lake Pavilion 9315 Pismo Ave
  • Nat’l Guard Armory 6105 Olmeda Ave Atascadero
  • Clerk-Recorder Office 6565 Capistrano Ave. (Library – 2nd Floor) Atascadero

South County

  • Pismo Beach Vet’s Hall 780 Bello
  • Grover Beach Community Center 1230 Trouville Ave
  • South County Regional Center 800 W. Branch St Arroyo Grande
  • Lifepoint Church Rec 207 Pilgrim Way Arroyo Grande
  • Oceano CSD Office 1655 Front St
  • The Edwards Barn 1095 Pomeroy Rd Nipomo
  • Nipomo High School 525 N Thompson Ave

North Coast

  • Morro Bay Community Center 1001 Kennedy Way
  • Cal Fire South Bay Training Center 880 Manzanita Dr Los Osos
  • Cambria Vet’s Hall 1000 Main St

3. SEND IT THROUGH MAIL

Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day. (There may be delays in the USPS service this year).

FAQ’s

WHY VOTE EARLY?

Voting early AND tracking your ballot will give you enough time to make sure your ballot is received and gets counted properly. Voting early also helps campaigns focus on getting out the votes for outstanding ballots. Voting early can help our campaigns save money and we can move our efforts toward critical and underserved areas. If you know who you’re voting for, vote ASAP.

WHAT IF I CAN’T RETURN THE BALLOT MYSELF?

You may authorize someone to return the ballot on your behalf, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.

WHAT IF MY SIGNATURE HAS CHANGED?

  • You can contact the County Clerk Recorder and request a physical registration card, and re-register before October 19th with your new signature.
  • When your vote-by-mail ballot is received by your county elections official, your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.
  • New legislation requires the Election Office to send letters to voters who forgot to sign their return envelope or whose signatures did not match their signatures on file so their ballots can be validated and counted.
  • The County makes every effort to accept signatures as written. When they cannot reconcile your ballot signature with what they have on file, you will receive a written notification. Once you respond to that notice, your ballot will be counted. If you have concerns, check with the County Clerk prior to returning your ballot to see what they have on file.) To preserve the secrecy of your ballot, the ballot will then be separated from the envelope, and then it will be tallied.

Missed the deadline?

It’s October 19th and you forgot to register?  All is not lost! You can now register in person at the County Clerk’s office all the way until election day. You may get a bit of a line, and your ballot will be classified as provisional, but you will still be able to vote.  Please do!  Every vote counts, and yours matters.

Find your polling place

You can find your polling place in the link below:

https://clerk.slocounty.ca.gov/pollingplace/

Help?

Need any help, have any question?  Contact us! We’ll be happy to help you.