More than 5,000 call Secretary of State voter hotline with election questions, complaints

More than 5,000 voters have called the California Secretary of State’s voter hotline so far today about Election Day.

Here are the top three voter hotline questions so far, which spokeswoman Shannan Velayas detailed for us shortly after 1 p.m.:

  1. Where do I vote? (Find where you vote in Riverside County here.)
  2. Am I registered to vote? (Check your status here.)
  3. I still have my vote-by-mail ballot at home. What do I do? (Drop it off at any Riverside County polling site by 8 p.m.)

About 145 of the hotline calls — or about 3 percent — have been complaints.

Chief among the complaints is polling sites that did not open precisely at 7 a.m. “In most cases when that happens, a poll worker overslept — hit their snooze button one too many times,” Velayas said.

Other times, callers complain about campaigning outside a polling place. State law bans electioneering outside precincts — but only within 100 feet of the entrance. It’s allowed beyond that.

The state Secretary of State has an Election Voter Complaint form on its website: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/fraud-complaints

If you have questions, you can call the office: (800) 345-VOTE for English-speaking callers and (800) 232-VOTA for Spanish-speaking callers.