California

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Yes, California will automatically mail a ballot to every registered voter. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/ New voters must register by October 19, 2020.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices/





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received within 3 days. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices/




Does it require a stamp? Two?


In most counties postage is free, but some require one stamp. Please check the envelope to be sure. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


If your county has early vote centers, you may drop your ballot at any location. If your county does not have early vote, ballots may be dropped off at your polling place on Election Day. Drop box locations will be listed here once they are announced: https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


Sign up with Ballot Trax to receive free text, email or voice message alerts every step of the way from printing through counting your ballot. https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/wheres-my-ballot/




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices/





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


Dates and availabilty vary by county. Most early voting begins 29 days before the election (October 5, 2020) and ends one day before the election (November 2, 2020). Contact your county election office for dates and times.




Link to information and locations:


Locations will be listed here closer to the election: https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov Or you can call your county election office to ask: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices/





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