(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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:

Find Your Polling Place

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.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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