A ballot drop box in Temescal. Credit: Christopher Groskopf Credit: Christopher Groskopf

If you’re worried about voting by mail or in person this year, there are 17 drop boxes around Oakland that you can use any time of day or night until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd. The contents of these boxes are collected directly by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office. Just don’t forget to sign the back of your return envelope before you put it in the box!

You don’t have to stick to the drop boxes in Oakland either; the Alameda County elections website lists dozens of other locations across the county, and they’re all fine to use if you’re registered to vote here.

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Tasneem Raja is the Editor-in-Chief of The Oaklandside. A pioneer in data journalism and local nonprofit news startups, she co-founded The Tyler Loop, a nationally recognized community news platform in East Texas. She was a senior editor at NPR's Code Switch and at Mother Jones, where the team she led helped build the first-ever database of mass shootings in America. She started her career as features reporter at The Chicago Reader and The Philadelphia Weekly, and lives in Oakland with her husband and daughter.