Review the ­issues, then don’t forget to vote

Review the ­issues, then don’t forget to vote

Review the ­issues, then don’t forget to vote
Concord’s ballot drop box is located in the parking lot for the Concord Library and City Hall at 1950 Parkside Dr. For the location of a drop box near you, click here.

From the Desk of Karen MitchoffCONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Nov. 2, 2022) — Every election has a variety of important issues that deserve your attention, and the upcoming Nov. 8 election is no different – from electing school board members to city council members to propositions and measures.

Each item plays a role in our government, both in who is governing and how they govern. I hope you will take the time to familiarize yourself with the candidates and propositions and ultimately cast your ballot on, or before, Nov. 8.

If you aren’t already registered to vote, the deadline to register for this election is Oct. 24. You may register online at or in-person at 555 Escobar St., Martinez. If you are 16 or 17 year olds, you can get a head start and pre-register to vote now. Your registration will become valid on your 18th birthday.

In 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the COVID-inspired Assembly Bill 37 that requires election officials to mail a ballot to every registered, active voter in every election going forward. This allows voters to cast ballots in advance of election day, when it may suit their schedule best.

Voters can still choose to vote in-person at their polling place or a Regional Early Voting location. There are five Regional Early Voting locations: Alamo, Brentwood, Pittsburg, Richmond and Walnut Creek. These locations are open on Friday, Saturday and Monday immediately prior to election day.

Drop boxes

You may return your ballot by mail in its postage-paid envelope or return it to one of the 37 permanent and secure vote-by-mail drop off locations that are available 24/7 across the county. For District 4, there is one in Clayton, two in Concord, three in Pleasant Hill and three in Walnut Creek. These boxes can hold hundreds of ballots. Two-person teams empty them daily to maintain security.

Most importantly, don’t forget to sign your vote by mail ballot. Each signature is verified before it is counted.

For more information on registering to vote, Regional Early Voting locations or to locate your closest drop-box, please visit

Please feel free to call my office with any questions at 925-655-2350 or email