Contra Costa County Election Division officials are urging residents to vote by mail in the upcoming California Recall Election, saying it is the safest option because it limits contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For everyone’s safety, we are urging voters to vote by mail and to reserve in-person voting for those that require in-person services,” said Clerk-Recorder-Registrar Deborah Cooper, the County’s top Elections Official. “Voting by mail protects voters, poll workers and our volunteers by limiting personal contact.”
Cooper added that in-person voting locations will follow health protocols, “which may cause delays and lines due to social distancing.”
“The easiest and fastest way to vote for this election is to cast the ballot that we send to you by mail or into one of our official ballot boxes located throughout the County,” she said.
All in-person voters ad Election staff will require face coverings. The County will provide PPE to voters who don’t have them.
“We know some people feel it’s important to cast their votes in person, but with COVID still around and new variant complications, the safest choice this election is to vote by mail,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Health Officer for the County. “For folks who choose to go to their polling places to vote, we ask that they follow the same basic precautions they would as if they were going to the grocery store: wear face coverings, practice physical distancing and wash or sanitize your hands before and after you go.”
For more information on how or where to vote, visit the Contra Costa County Elections website.