As of last night more than 14,000 Palo Alto residents had cast their ballots, out of some 38,300 registered voters in the city.
That 14,000 accounts for nearly half of those who requested to vote by mail, continuing a trend in early voting that has been growing over the past several elections.
It is too late to mail in ballots, but people can bring them to a drop-off location or polling station.
In Palo Alto, vote-by-mail ballots can be cast at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., and the drive-thru location at the corner of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real (the parking lot of the Stanford-Palo Alto Community Playing Fields).
The drop-off locations are open the same hours today -- until 8 p.m. -- as polling stations for in-person voters.
The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' Office is reminding mail-voters that they must sign the return envelope for their votes to be counted.
"Signatures are used to verify the voter's identity. If signatures do not match, the ballot will not be counted," the registrar stated in a press release.
The registrar also this year launched a free mobile app -- SCCVOTE -- with election information, including voter-registration information, such as current voter registration address; voter information and sample ballot pamphlet, which contains information about candidates and measures on the ballot; vote-by-mail tracking; and the location of a voter's assigned polling place (with driving directions).
To find the nearest polling station, voters can also go to www.sccgov.org.
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More local election information, including videos, articles and links to voter guides, can be found at ELECTION 2012: Stories, editorials, videos and resources. Palo Alto voters are electing four City Council members and three members of the Board of Education; weighing in on Measure C, the marijuana initiative; as well as deciding on a county tax measure and state Senate and Assembly representatives, among other races.