Voters can avoid Election Day lines at early voting locations in Contra Costa County

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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (BCN) — Voters in Contra Costa County are able to vote early in several locations throughout the county starting Monday, according to elections officials.

All of the county’s registered voters can cast a ballot at any of eight locations from now through Saturday, avoiding possible long lines that could form on Election Day, Nov. 8.

“We have seen the use of early voting sites double and expect the trend to continue,” county registrar Joe Canciamilla said in a statement.

During the June primary election, more than 2,000 voters took advantage of the early voting locations, according to elections officials.

For this election, the sites are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday though Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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People can vote early at Golden Hills Community Church at 2401 Shady Willow Lane in Brentwood, Bay Hills Community Church in Richmond at 4100 Klose Way, the Lafayette Library at 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., the San Ramon Community Center at 12501 Alcosta Blvd., the Pittsburg Library at 80 Power Ave. in Pittsburg, the Salvation Army Church at 3950 Clayton Road in Concord and at El Cerrito City Hall at 10890 San Pablo Ave.

People can also vote early at the county elections office at 555 Escobar St. in Martinez from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Sunday until Nov. 8.

There are now 607,426 people registered to vote in Contra Costa County and so far the county has received 110,000 vote-by-mail ballots.

Because voters are confronting a very large ballot in a presidential election year, officials expect big crowds at polling stations this year.

“We’re thinking that the lines might be really long,” county elections spokesman Paul Burgarino said. “We want to try to make it as convenient as possible to vote and not have to worry about the lines on Election Day.”

For more information, people can visit www.cocovote.us/vote-early.

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