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NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo reports from the Santa Clara County Registrar's office where early votes lead to organized chaos.
Mail-in voting has become the new way to cast your ballot in Santa Clara County. Of the more than 800,000 registered voters, more than 600,000 have signed up to vote by mail.
That’s more than 73 percent.
“The trend is now that we have more vote by mail voters than we do voters casting ballots at the polls,” said Elma Rosas, spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County registrar of Voters Office.
Across the country, about 30 million people have already voted in 34 states and the District of Columbia, either by mail or in person.
Elections workers in San Jose spent Monday sorting and counting ballots that are already in.
The Santa Clara County registrar’s office hired extra help for the election cycle. Some 20,000 of them come in the mail every day, on average.
“I’m voting early because tomorrow is going to be mayhem around here. That’s why I’m here today,” said Alton Elmore, an early voter.
“I’m proud to be voting in this wonderful country. That’s the main reason. Early voting is wonderful also,” said Sammy Salomon.
The immigrant from Argentina became a U.S. citizen in 2009. Rosas called the scene behind her ‘democracy in action’ as elections workers made sure people like Sammy Salomon got their say.
It's too late to post mail-in ballots, but they can be dropped off at any polling place in the county where you are registered to vote.