California has, slowly but surely, become a vote-by-mail state. The last time that the majority of those casting ballots in a statewide vote did so at traditional polling places was the general election of November 2010. In some counties, an estimated 80 percent of those who participate in today’s primary will be doing so via mail. (Two California counties, Alpine and Sierra, conduct all their voting by mail.)
That leaves a hardy, or nostalgic, band of voters who insist on going to the polls and going through the ritual of signing in, taking a ballot, filling it in, inserting it into a box, then walking out into the day with an “I Voted Today” sticker.
With precincts occasionally consolidated or shiftng locations, the biggest challenge for the remaining group of Election Day voters is finding their polling place. Here’s a one-stop link from the California Secretary of State’s office:
The name’s catchy, right? But the service is a good one: All you need to do is plug in your home address, and you get the location of your polling place, a summary ballot and contact information for your county registrar of voters.