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What you need to know before election day

Your Vote 2020

Super Tuesday is less than 24 hours away. Residents in the Coachella Valley have already begun submitting their ballots.

California is one of 14 states heading to the polls for the big day.

"There will be 534 polling places throughout Riverside County," Registrar of Voters, Rebecca Spencer said.

Among several choices, voters are given the chance to choose a front runner for the Democratic and Republican nominations.

"I think what people need to do is recognize the fact that whoever our nominee is, you have to vote," Political Director of Democratic Headquarters of the Desert, Elle Kurpiewski said.

Elle Kurpiewski plans on working all hours of election day, answering phone calls and questions.

"Where is my polling place? Is it too late to register, can I still mail my ballot in?" Kurpiewski said.

Residents throughout the Coachella Valley can go to the Registrar of Voters website:, click on "Polling Place Locator," choose their zip code and city. It will then give display an option to choose which street they live on. From there, they can discover their nearest polling place.

"Voters can still register on election day at their polling place," Spencer said.

For the first time, California voters can now complete same day voter registration at the time of voting in their county. They'll be given a provisional ballot.

The primary is party-specific. Voters must be registered with a certain party to vote for candidates within that party.

“The no party preference voters still have choices. Three of those parties are allowing voters to cross over for this primary election only. That would be the Democratic party, the American Independent party, and the Libertarian party." Spencer said.V

Voters can request a provisional ballot to switch over.

“The other three parties-- they are Republican, Peace and Freedom and Green. They are not allowing crossover voting, so a voter would have to specifically re-register with that party by filling out a voter registration card," Spencer said.

The Registrar of Voters is expecting a 55% turnout.

Most polling places open at 7 a.m. and will stay open until 8 p.m.

Mail ballots must be postmarked on or before election day, and received within 3 days after.

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Shelby Nelson

Shelby Nelson is a News Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3. She joined our team in September 2019 after living in San Francisco for 6 years. Learn more about Shelby here.


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