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Photo by bored-now/Flickr

Tuesday is the last day for registered voters to request a mail ballot from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office.

The registrar has been urging San Diegans to vote by mail because of the sheer number of state and local propositions — necessitating the use of a two-card ballot for the first time locally.

According to the registrar’s office, the more people who vote and return their ballots early, the smaller lines will be at polling places on Election Day.

“The returned mail ballots will already be processed so when the clock strikes 8 p.m. on Election Night, we can immediately start counting them,” said Registrar Michael Vu. “Those results will be released just minutes afterward. As with any election, the more ballots processed beforehand, the quicker the election results.”

By state law, applications must be physically received by the Registrar of Voters no later than 5 p.m. — they cannot be postmarked on that date.

Voters who want to get a mail ballot can complete an application on the back of the sample ballot and voter information pamphlet, download an application from, or email or fax a letter to the Registrar of Voters.

The request must include the voter’s name, residence address, name and date of the election, the address where the ballot is to be mailed, and a signature.

Voters can also make a request by calling the registrar’s office at (858) 565-5800.

—City News Service