All voting materials — including information booklets, sample ballots and mail-in ballots — have now been sent to all registered voters in Trinity County, so if you haven’t received yours, you should call the Elections Office at 623-1220, Elections Official Shanna White said in an update last week to the Trinity County Board of Supervisors about the all mail-in ballot Nov. 3 election.

She also updated the location of the ballot drop box in Hayfork, initially to be at the Trinity County Fairgrounds, but now relocated due to fire to the Trinity Transit bus stop at the Hayfork Library located at Highway 3 and Hyampom Road.

There are five secure ballot drop boxes in the county altogether, and they opened Oct. 6. Besides Hayfork, the others are at the Douglas City Fire Station, Junction City Fire Station, Lewiston Fire Station and on Court Street outside of the county courthouse in Weaverville.

Though it is not a polling location, there will also be an in-person voter assistance center inside the courthouse. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting on Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3. You can use the center to obtain a replacement ballot, drop off your voted ballot, register to vote or vote an accessible ballot on a tablet.

To return voted ballots by mail, simply mail them in the postage paid envelope included in the packet and don’t forget to sign it. It must be postmarked on or before Election Day Nov. 3 and received within 17 days by Nov. 20. White said she must certify the results no later than Dec. 3.

She added that ballot drop boxes are ADA accessible and she doesn’t foresee any issues on that score, noting there will not be any elections staff posted at the boxes to help voters put their ballots in.

Vote by mail ballot processing began this Tuesday, Oct. 13, and counting will begin starting next Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. in the county courthouse, room 112.

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