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News: 09/15/2020

This year, voting is a little different

Sonoma County will be conducting a different type of general election this Nov. 3.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all registered voters will receive a mail ballot in early October for the November election.

The traditional in-person voting was not a feasible option, in part because the county has relied in the past on school and senior facilities for polling places. Due to health safety concerns, the Sonoma County Office of Education told the Registrar of Voters that schools could not be used, and a number of senior centers said the same.

So the Registrar’s office decided to provide one voting location per 10,000 voters, and one secure ballot drop box per 15,000 voters.

You can drop off the ballot that was mailed at any of 30 in-person locations, or choose to vote a ballot that is issued at the in-person location. And anyone can go to any one of locations. If you chose to vote in-person, as opposed to drop off, Registrar workers will look you up in their system, verify you have not already cast a vote, void any ballots already issued or mailed to you, and issue and print you a new ballot.

In Sonoma Valley and nearby communities, in-person locations include:

Berger Center in Oakmont, 310 White Oak Dr.

Moose Lodge in Sonoma, 20580 Broadway.

Finnish American Home Association, 197 W. Verano Ave., Sonoma.

Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First St. West, Sonoma.

Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Kraft Hall, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

For a complete list of locations, go to:

In-person voting locations will be open a minimum of eight hours a day on Saturday, Oct. 31, Sunday, Nov. 1, and Monday Nov. 2, and will be open on election day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Secure ballot drop box locations (there are 20) will be open by Oct. 6, and open through election day, Nov. 3. Nearby locations include:

Glen Ellen Fire Station, 13445 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen.

Kenwood Fire Station, 9045 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood.

Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa St., Sonoma.

For a full list, go to:

Do you want to sign up to vote, or update your information? Go to

Do you want to check your voter status? Go to

Do you want to sign up to track your ballot? Go to

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