Madera, CA – Two Madera County Vote Centers will open Saturday morning offering voters the opportunity to vote in person, turn in vote by mail ballots or get assistance voting. Both the Madera Central Vote Center in the County Government Center and the Oakhurst Vote Center at the Oakhurst Community Center will open their doors Saturday, October 24th at 8:00am.
“We know that many voters who have voted by mail in the past want to vote in person this time and we are prepared to help them do that,” explained County Registrar Rebecca Martinez. “I encourage those who want to vote in person to vote as soon as possible. Our first two Vote Centers are open for 11 days in a row including weekends.”
The Registrar has been warning voters that lines on November 3rd, the last day to vote, will be exceptionally long. Election Officials are preparing for lines that could be more than 2 hours long on the final day.
“There is simply no reason for voters to wait until November 3rd to vote. They can vote in person before the last day,” stated Martinez. “The closer we get to November 3rd the longer the lines will be.”
An informational mailer that was sent to registered voters this week indicated that the Oakhurst Vote Center didn’t open until October 31st but Stephanie Sibley, the Elections Division Manager confirmed that it will indeed open on October 24th. Voters in the mountain area will receive a postcard in the coming days reminding them when they can vote at the Oakhurst Vote Center.
Martinez is hopeful that voters will heed her advice and vote before election day. In addition to the two vote centers that open on October 24th, five more vote centers will open on October 31st and be open for four days in a row including the weekend. Those vote centers are in Chowchilla, Madera Ranchos, Coarsegold and two more in the City of Madera at the Pan American Center and the Superintendent of Schools Office.
Voters with questions or who may need assistance are encouraged to visit www.votemadera.com or call the voter hotline at (800) 435-0509.
La información electoral está disponible en Español y Punjabi. Comuníquese con la División de Elecciones al (800) 435-0509 para obtener más información.