FREMONT, CA — Voting in the November Presidential Election may look a little different this year, with many ballots already cast by mail. But you can still cast or hand off your ballot in person this year — and you can do it early or on Election Day.
Dubbed “vote centers” rather than “polling places,” physical voting locations will also be a bit different than in years past.
The amount of in-person polling places in California will be limited compared to previous elections, in accordance with a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in August, but some vote centers already opened up as early as Oct. 24.
Centers are required to remain open Saturday through Monday Nov. 2 for at least eight hours each day and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Although every registered and active voter in California was already mailed a ballot in October, polling places will still be open for same day voter registration, for those who need assistance with language or disabilities — or for those who simply want to witness the historic election day unfold.
In Fremont, a dozen vote centers will open up Saturday. There are drop-boxes for already marked ballots at all voting centers.
Fremont Vote Centers
All vote centers will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 - Nov. 2. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election day, Nov. 3. Here are the locations in Fremont:
AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL, 36300 FREMONT BLVD., FREMONT, CA 94536
ARDENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 33955 EMILIA LANE, FREMONT, CA 94555
E.M. GRIMMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 43030 NEWPORT DR., FREMONT,CA 94538
FREMONT ADULT SCHOOL, 4700 CALAVERAS AVE., FREMONT, CA 94538
FREMONT MAIN LIBRARY, 2450 STEVENSON BLVD., FREMONT,CA 94538
ISLAMIC CENTER OF FREMONT, 42412 ALBRAE ST., FREMONT,CA 94538
JAMES LEITCH ELEMANTARY SCHOOL, 47100 FERNALD ST., FREMONT,CA 94539
MISSION SAN JOSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 43545 BRYANT ST., FREMONT,CA 94539
PARADISE EVENT CENTER, 4100 PERALTA BLVD., FREMONT,CA 94536
SIKH TEMPLE, 300 GURDWARA RD., FREMONT,CA 94536
VALLEJO MILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 38569 CANYON HEIGHTS DR., FREMONT,CA 94536
WARWICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 3375 WARWICK RD., FREMONT,CA 94555
All of these changes to voting in California this year are to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Vote center volunteers and employees are required to space voting booths apart, sanitize surfaces and encourage those waiting in line to socially distance.
Voters are encouraged to arrive with a face covering, but those who show up without will be provided one.
Some of the first vote centers opened in California Oct. 21; in Los Angeles, hundreds lined up outside the Staples Center waiting to vote in person.
In California, more than 21 million ballots were mailed to voters, and an astonishing 7 million ballots have already been cast in the state in this historic election.
— Written by Patch editor Kat Schuster with additional reporting by Bea Karnes