Modifications in the Mail Ballot program
In 2012, mail ballots will be sent using bulk mail rather than by first class mail. This change in policy saved the county approximately $80,000 in 2011 and will produce more savings in 2012. In our meetings with the U.S. Post Office, we’ve been told that sending the ballots by bulk mail will have no impact on the delivery of our ballots.
Currently, approximately 42% of all San Bernardino voters are on our permanent mail ballot list. The use of mail ballots provide advantages which include:
We've significantly increased the number of mail ballot drop off locations in 2012. Voters can now drop off their mail ballots at any San Bernardino County Library or any City Clerk's Office. There are a total of fifty-five drop-off locations.
We anticipate that the number of mail ballot voters will continue to increase significantly this year and are planning accordingly.
- With a larger percentage of mail ballots returned and counted before Election Day, faster election results will be available on election night.
- If more people vote by mail, fewer people vote at polling places on Election Day. With fewer expected voters we are able to assign more precincts to a single polling place and subsequently reduce our total number of polling places and their associated costs.