Q. With the election coming up, I am concerned about being able to vote. I do enjoy going to the polls to cast my vote, but sometimes I'm just not up to it. What are my options? — Jackie, La Cañada
You have a number of options available to you.
First, you can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot. You may have done this in the past when you knew you would be out of town on election day. Now any registered voter who wishes to can apply for "permanent vote-by-mail ballot status." That way, you don't need to apply for each election.
The simplest way to apply is to use the form that you receive on your sample ballot. Fill it out, cross out "June election" and write "permanent vote-by-mail ballot." Mail/fax it to the address/information listed at least seven days before the election, and your vote-by-mail ballot will be mailed back to you immediately. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by election officials no later than the close of polls (8 p.m.) on election day. Postmarks are not acceptable in California.