Early voting began Monday for the June 3 primary election, and Democrats held the upper hand in county registration, according to the latest figures posted May 1.

San Diego County has 538,069 registered Democrats compared with 510,345 Republicans, says the Registrar of Voters Office. But 410,017 decline to state a party preference. Among other groups, the American Independent Party boasts 52,246 members. The Libertarian Party counts 12,246.

Early voting has begun in June 2014 primary. Image via County News Center

With a total of 1,540,492 voters in San Diego County, the breakdown is 34.9 percent Democrats, 33.1 percent Republican and 26.6 percent declining to state.

Early voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the new Registrar of Voters office at 5600 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa. The office also will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31 for Saturday voting.

Some 840,000 mail ballots were sent out through the post office Monday and voters could find them in their mailboxes starting Tuesday.

“If you know how you want to vote, grab that mail ballot when you get it, vote it and send it back in right away,” said Registrar Michael Vu. “The sooner we get the ballot back, the sooner we can start processing it so it will be counted right when the polls close at 8 p.m. on June 3.”

Registered voters can request a mail ballot until May 27.

— County News Center contributed to this report.

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