With the presidential election a week away, voters are coming out in droves to get their votes in early, elections officials throughout the Bay Area said today.
Presidential elections usually generate the highest number of voters in the four-year voting cycle.
Alameda County has seen a large increase, with 145,000 of the 367,000 vote-by-mail ballots issued already received by the registrar of voters.
"Activity has definitely picked up," Registrar Dave Macdonald said. "There's no question about it, we've seen more ballots come in early than in the past."
The Oakland office had about 1,000 people come in and vote over the weekend, and about 1,000 more came in on Monday, Macdonald said.
"A good way to avoid crowds on Election Day is to come into the voting offices ahead of time," he said.
In Pleasanton, voters can drop off their ballots now through Election Day.
Although the Pleasanton City Clerk's office is not serving as an early voting site for this election, voters who have completed their Vote-by-Mail ballots may drop there during regular business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ballot must be in the return envelope provided by the Registrar and the envelope must be signed by the voter. The City Clerk's office is located in City Hall at 123 Main St.