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Election 2020 – What You Need to Know to Vote

Posted by City of Desert Hot Springs on Oct 12, 2020 4:46:00 PM

This year is a major election for residents of the City of Desert Hot Springs, with the United States Presidential election and our General Municipal Election taking place on the same day, November 3, 2020. Since COVID-19 has restricted our ability to gather at polling places, the County has introduced new voting protocol.


Here’s what you need to know to make your voice heard.




First, verify your voter registration at or register to vote at




Riverside County residents that are registered to vote will have two voting options for the November 3, 2020 election: Vote by Mail or Drop Off


Every eligible registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot, which will be mailed out beginning on October 5, 2020.


Ballot Drop-Off Locations

Once you have completed your ballot, you can.

  1. Mail it via USPS. No postage is required; or
  2. Drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at
    Desert Hot Springs City Hall
    11-999 Palm Drive
    October 5 through November 2 - (Monday - Friday) 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
    November 3rd (Election Day) - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Voters can track their ballots by registering at




To assist with any confusion regarding this unusual election, Riverside County is opening Voter Assistance Centers, which will be open beginning on October 31, 2020, until election day. Voting Assistance Centers are a one-stop location for all things voting. 


At a Voter Assistance Center, voters can:

  • Vote
  • Drop off Vote-by-Mail ballot
  • Register to vote
  • Solve voter registration issues
  • Get a replacement ballot
  • And more

There will be two Voter Assistance Centers in the City of Desert Hot Springs:


Desert Hot Springs Senior Center
11-777 West Drive, Desert Hot Springs

October 31 through November 2 - 9:00am to 5:00 pm

November 3 (Election Day) - 7:00am to 8:00 pm


Mission Springs Water District, Annex Building
66547 2nd Street, Desert Hot Springs

October 31 through November 2 - 9:00am to 5:00 pm

November 3 (Election Day) - 7:00am to 8:00 pm




Riverside County will have 120 in-person voting locations available beginning Saturday, October 31, through Tuesday, November 3.


** The Registrar of Voters recommends voters only go to in-person voting locations if absolutely necessary due to the public health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.**


In-person voting will be available at Voter Assistance Centers to adhere to social distancing and safety guidelines. A list of Ballot Drop-Off Locations and Voter Assistance Centers throughout Riverside County will be available at on September 24, 2020.



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