Voters encouraged to cast a ballot today in the presidential primary election


Today is Election Day for Riverside County residents registered to vote in the presidential primary election.  Voters will be able to cast ballots at 534 polling places. To find your assigned polling place, please go to the Registrar of Voters’ website at or call (951) 486-7200.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m.

You may also cast a ballot in the Registrar of Voters office on between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.  The Registrar of Voters office is located at 2720 Gateway Drive in Riverside.

All ballots, including vote-by-mail ballots, must be received at the Registrar of Voters office or any polling place within Riverside County no later than the close of polls on Election Day or be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after Election Day to be counted.

Out of 1,115,675 registered voters, 904,126 have opted to request a vote-by-mail ballot.  Voters who turn in ballots by Monday can be part of the Election Night excitement because results from their ballots will be among the first released after the polls close. Registrar of Voters Rebecca Spencer said approximately 231,352 voters have already cast ballots for the election.

Vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at polling places will be counted in the days following the election. An estimated 150,000 ballots will remain to be counted after Election Day as a result of vote-by-mail ballots being dropped off or postmarked on tomorrow, and provisional ballots cast at the polling places.

Tentative schedule for ballot results on Election Night and beyond:

Polls close tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Approximately 8 p.m. vote-by-mail results will be released.

Approximately 9 p.m. mid-day pick up will be released. 

Approximately 10 p.m. first polling-place results released as workers continue transporting ballots from around the county to Riverside for counting.  This update will include polling-place ballots arriving to the registrar’s office for tabulation prior to 9:30 p.m.

Hourly polling place results will be updated until 1 a.m.

After 1 a.m. updated polling place results will be released every 90 minutes.

Depending on voter turnout, polling-place ballot counts will likely continue until 3 a.m. on Wednesday.  For election results, check after the polls close and keep track of other Election Day information on Facebook and Twitter.

Registrar of Voters Rebecca Spencer encourages every eligible voter to cast a ballot in the election.

Important information regarding the presidential primary election:

  • Your right to vote in the presidential primary depends on your political party registration. If you are registered with a political party, you can only vote for a candidate running for president in that party.  A “No Party Preference” voter will automatically receive a non-partisan ballot, that will have no presidential candidates listed. However, upon request, a “No Party Preference” voter can instead receive a ballot to vote the presidential ballot of the following parties:
    • American Independent Party
    • Democratic Party
    • Libertarian Party

More voter information is available at