Trump Caravan Rolls Through Fresno; Ballots Arrive in Mailboxes
The buzz around Fresno on Saturday — hundreds of vehicles adorned with flags and banners supporting President Donald Trump parading down the streets of Fresno.
After filling the Villagio Shopping Center on Blackstone and Nees avenues, the caravan traveled to Fresno City Hall. Supporters, waving Trump and American flags, gathered to celebrate the president and hear speeches.
Also in Politics 101:
- USPS says watch mailbox collection times on Election Day
- Other ways to return ballot
- Trump car parade in Fresno
- Late Assemblyman honored
More events are planned.
A Facebook post announced a “Trucks for Trump” event on October 17.
#Trump rally wrapping up at #Fresno City Hall pic.twitter.com/pXrADA7vt1
— David Taub (@TaubGVWire) October 3, 2020
Did You Get Your Ballot Yet?
Fresno County apparently got a head start in sending material through the mail. Today was the planned day for election officials to send more than 481,000 ballots in the mail. Several readers reported receiving them on Saturday.
Every registered voter in the state will soon receive a ballot, if they have not already.
This is the first election where every active registered voter in the state will receive a ballot. Fresno County was an early adopter, sending ballots to all voters in March.
While voters have many options to return ballots, the U.S. Postal Service warns against procrastinating when returning completed ballots by mail on Election Day, November 3.
Return Mail an Option, But Be Careful on Election Day
All ballots come with a pre-paid return envelope. They may be placed in the mailbox at anytime up through Election Day. As long as the ballot is postmarked by November 3 and received by the election office through November 20, it will count.
Even though polls on November 3 close at 8 p.m., the U.S. Postal Service warns that they will only pick up mail left in collection boxes at the posted time on the boxes.
For voters who choose to take their ballots directly to the post office on Election Day, the latest collection times in Fresno County are 6:30 p.m. at the post office at 1900 E Street, and 5:15 p.m. at the post office at 2135 Fresno Street, both in downtown Fresno.
A list of other local post offices and their last collection times can be found here.
“Voters are responsible for understanding their local jurisdiction’s rules and requirements for participating in an election. Voters should also be aware of posted collection times on collection boxes and the Postal Service’s retail facilities.
“Ballots deposited after the last posted collection time will not be picked up, or postmarked, until the following business day. If voters choose to mail their completed ballot back to election officials, we recommend they do so at a blue collection box, their residential mailbox, or at one of the Postal Service’s retail facilities. Voters should also be aware of mail collection times and practices if ballots are deposited in an office or residential mailroom,” the USPS tells GV Wire℠.
Voting Centers, Drop Boxes Are Also Options
Voters have many options to return ballots.
In-person voting opened today at the main Fresno County election office at 2221 Kern Street in downtown Fresno.
Other polling places will be open on Election Day and the prior three days as well, starting October 31. Instead of the traditional neighborhood precinct, the county will operate 53 voting centers.
There will also be 64 secure drop-boxes throughout the county for voters to drop off their signed and sealed ballot envelopes.
For a map of drop boxes and voting centers, click here.
Former Assemblyman Remembered
Fresno State lowered its flags to half-staff on Saturday in honor of the late Bruce Bronzan.
Bronzan, who died Septembe 28 at the age of 73, was a Fresno County Supervisor (1975-1982) and assemblyman (1982-1993). He left elected life to join academia in the administration of UC San Francisco.