Ways to Vote

Choose whether to vote by mail, drop your ballot off, or vote in person
Asian lady voting via box


New this year, every California voter registered by October 19 will get a ballot mailed to the address they put on the voter registration form. For people who were already registered in September, ballot packets will get mailed starting October 5 and they should arrive 5-7 days after that. If you do not register to vote by the October 19 deadline, you can still register up to election day and vote in person.

You will also receive a Sample Ballot from your County elections office that will list everything you can vote on. That will show where you can vote in person. If you have questions, it is very helpful to visit the website of your county elections office, which will have details for your area about in-person voting locations and ballot drop boxes.

If you want to vote with the ballot mailed to you, fill it out and put it in the official envelope it came with and be sure to sign the envelope. Then you can mail it for free or put it in a county drop box. You can also authorize someone else to drop off your ballot.

If you choose to vote by mail, you can see where your ballot is each step of the way by signing up for ballot tracking at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov.

If you want to vote in person

•Your usual location may have changed. There will be fewer “polling places” and more large “Vote Centers.”

•Find out where to vote on your Sample Ballot, at votersedge.org/ca or by contacting your county elections office.

•Wear your mask. Election workers will also follow safety guidelines.

Visit your county elections website to find the dates and locations for voting early, before election day.

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