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We are now 55 days away from March 3, which — in case you have managed to forget — is California’s Primary Day, now and for the foreseeable future.

But while Super Tuesday is an important deadline for the state’s election officials, Secretary of State Alex Padilla told me there’s perhaps an even bigger one coming up on Feb. 3.

That’s when Californians can actually start voting, by casting ballots at their county elections offices, and that’s also when vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out.

“We are in prime time,” Mr. Padilla said.