Due to the pandemic, every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot this year. You can still vote in person on Election Day but if you choose to vote by mail, here are some details you need to know.
To make sure you actually receive your ballot, double check that your correct address is on file with the county elections office. This is especially important if you’ve moved recently. To confirm your new address, you must complete the vote-by-mail address confirmation notice that is sent to your home.
When you’re ready to submit your ballot, authorize it by signing the line on the back of the envelope and drop it off in a mail box, return it to the county elections office, or turn it in to any one of the 300 designated vote-by-mail drop off sites. Anyone you authorize can turn in your ballot for you but keep in mind your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day, which is Nov. 3. No stamp required!
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Once you’ve turned in your ballot, check its progress online. You can subscribe for free to Ballot Trax, which keeps tabs on your ballot and lets you know when it was received and processed and whether there are any issues.
It’s possible you may be asked to confirm your signature. If that’s the case, a signature verification form will be sent to you and you must return it by the stated deadline.
Now that you know how to vote by mail, read up on the issues and make your selections!