Consideration of Public Comment and
Adjustment of Polling Places
2020 Presidential General Election
On Tuesday, September 1, the San Bernardino County Registrar of
Voters posted a list and map of 204 proposed polling places for a 10-day public
review and comment period, pursuant to California Elections Code section
By the deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 48 public
comments were submitted to the Registrar of Voters. Each of the comments may be
About 80 percent of comments requested an additional polling
place or expressed a concern with the reduction of polling places from the 396
used in the 2020 Presidential Primary Election. A few also questioned the data
used to evaluate the suitability of each census tract in the county for a
As was indicated in the September 1 Public Notice, the Registrar
of Voters worked diligently over the past several months to secure the use of
public, community, educational, religious, and private spaces for polling
places. The goal was to have at least the same number of polling places used in
the Primary Election.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, many of the polling places used
in past elections are not available to the Registrar of Voters for this
election. The Registrar of Voters increased its efforts, contacting every city,
town, school district and special district that did not provide a facility in
March. This was a collaborative effort with the County Administrative Office, County
Real Estate Services Department, County Superintendent of Schools, city
officials, and community religious leaders helping the Registrar of Voters with
Elections Code section 1602(e) mandated the criteria that the
Registrar of Voters must use to evaluate whether the polling places it secured
were located where they were needed. Eight data sets from voter registration
records and the U.S. Census Bureau best met the State criteria. Esri of
Redlands and County Department of Innovation and Technology (IT) used this data to create
the Proposed Polling Places map that was posted for the 10-Day Public Review
and Comment Period.
The Registrar of Voters reviewed each public comment as it was
submitted, exploring new suggested locations. As a result of these suggestions
and continued outreach through Monday, September 14, the Registrar of Voters
was able to add 13 more polling places.
- Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater
Agency, 121 Palomino Dr., Big Bear City 92314
- Bryn Mawr Elementary School, 11680 Whittier Ave., Loma Linda
- Chautauqua High School, 525 Maple Ln., Sugarloaf 92386
- Cram Elementary School, 29700 Water St., Highland 92346
- Del Rosa Elementary School, 3395 Mountain Ave., San Bernardino
- Fire Station #36, 6715 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree 92252
- Heritage Neighborhood Center, 7350 W. Liberty Pkwy., Fontana
- Mission Elementary School, 10568 California St., Redlands 92373
- Mt. Baldy Village Church, 6757 Bear Canyon Rd., Mt. Baldy 91759
- Oleander Elementary School, 8650 Oleander Ave., Fontana 92335
- St. Joseph Catholic Church, 17020 Arrow Blvd., Fontana 92335
- Upland High School, 565 W. 11th St., Upland 91786
- West End Educational Service Center, 8265 Aspen Ave., Rancho
Some of the suggested locations did not make the list for a
number of reasons including: the facility’s owner declined a polling place
request, the facility was not available all of the required days, the facility
was being renovated, the facility was being used for COVID-19 testing, the
facility was too small, or the facility did not meet State polling place
requirements. It is also possible that a community identified in a written
comment does not traditionally have a polling place, because it has less than 250
The Registrar of Voters thanks every person who submitted a
comment and helped improve services to the 1.1 million voters in the county.
During the 10-Day Public Review and Comment Period, the
following four facilities notified the Registrar of Voters that they could no
longer be used as polling places for the 2020 Presidential General Election:
- Juniper Avenue Seventh Day
Adventist Church, 7347 Juniper Ave., Fontana 92336
- Mt. Baldy Fire Department, 6736 Mt. Baldy Rd., Mt. Baldy 91759
- St. Richards Episcopal Church, 28708 State Highway 18, Skyforest
- Arden Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church, 5801 Arden Ave.,
Additionally, the following three proposed polling places were
replaced by three larger facilities from the list of new polling places above.
The name of the replacement polling place is identified in parentheses.
- Immanuel Baptist Church, 28355 Baseline St., Highland 92346 (Cram
- Loma Linda Civic Center, 25541 Barton Rd., Loma Linda 92354 (Bryn
Mawr Elementary School)
- Upland Brethren In Christ Church, 845 W. Arrow Hwy., Upland 91786
(Upland High School)
The number of polling places that will be used for this election
is 210, which is double the minimum of 105 polling places required by Elections
Code section 1602(b)(1). A complete list of polling places can be viewed at
State law requires polling places used in this election to be
open for four days rather than only on Election Day as is traditional. They
will be open during the following days and hours:
- Saturday, October 31 from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Monday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling place assignments will be printed on the back cover of
the Voter Information Guides that will be mailed to voters in
late-September/early-October. At that time, voters will also be able to find their
assigned polling places using My Elections Gateway or the Polling Place Look-up tool on the Registrar of Voters' website at