With 2020 now upon Mariposa County, a major change is happening with local elections.
For the first time ever, all mail-in voting will take place in Mariposa County. Or at least the vast majority, as there will be “vote centers” available leading up to election day.
But for county officials, the hope is the majority of residents take advantage of voting by mail. All eligible voters in Mariposa County will be receiving a ballot in the mail.
All ballots will be mailed on Feb. 3, which is one month before the March primary. This year, California moved up its primary voting date from June in order to play a more prominent roles in the primary election.
On that same day, drop boxes in locations around the county will be available for voters to utilize, if they so choose.
County officials also noted that mailing the ballots back to the county elections office is free as postage will be paid by the county.
Voter registration will close on Feb. 17, officials said. Anyone who has moved and wants to change their address should contact the clerk’s office at (209) 966-2007.
Officials remind everyone that all ballots must be signed and dated before being returned to election officials.
Ballots can be obtained at the clerk’s office in Mariposa. Anyone can go to the office in person and request a ballot. That can happen up to and including election day at the clerk’s office or one of the vote centers.
Voting centers will be open 10 days prior to the election (including election day) at the clerk’s office in Mariposa and at the fire station in Bootjack. Those dates are Feb. 22 to March 2 and the hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.
Two other voting centers will also be available for county voters. One is at the Greeley Hill Public Library and the other is at the El Portal Public Library.
Those centers will be open on Monday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., which are the polling hours.
For those who choose to fill out their ballots and put them in drop boxes, here are those locations and times:
• Mariposa County Election Office parking lot, 4982 10th Street, Mariposa, available 24 hours a day.
• Lake Don Pedro Community Services District Office, 9751 Merced Falls Road, La Grange, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Yosemite Public Library, 9042 Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, Tuesdays from 1-6 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Bassett Memorial Library, 77971 Chilnualna Falls Road, Wawona, Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from noon-5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Triangle Market, 3125 Triangle Road, Mariposa, Mondays through Saturdays 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.