If you want to ensure your vote-by-mail ballot gets counted, drop it in the mailbox by Wednesday.
The postmark does not count.
To ensure yours gets there in time, Registrar Kari Verjil suggests mailing your ballot no later than Wednesday.
If you are still undecided, or simply forget where you put the stamps, you can submit your vote at the secure dropoff boxes at the city clerk’s offices in Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs.
Ballots can also be returned at any polling place on Election Day.
The issue of missing ballots made for several headlines — and a small courtroom drama — in 2010.
Poor communication between the U.S. Postal Service and then-Registrar Barbara Dunmore meant the county didn’t pick up 12,563 ballots that were sitting at a Moreno Valley post office.
That represented about 5 percent of all the county vote in that June election.
Democrats filed a legal challenge, saying the late-arriving ballots should still count. A Riverside County judge agreed, and ordered the registrar to delay certification of the election results until her office counted all the votes.
Next Tuesday’s election impacts only part of the Coachella Valley.
As of today, 133,908 early ballots have been issued countywide and 23,230 have been returned.