As soon as you have received your official Ballot in the mail, follow these tips to make sure your vote is counted early and accurately.
- Fully complete your Ballot immediately (check both sides!)
- Place your completed Ballot in the privacy folder
- Place the privacy folder with inserted Ballot into the prepaid return envelope provided. Do not use a different envelope. Do not put any other Ballot in your envelope, not even your spouse’s or partner’s Ballot.
- Seal the envelope.
- Sign and date your envelope. VERY IMPORTANT.
- Optional information on the envelope such as your email can be helpful if your Ballot has a problem, and the Supervisor of Elections must contact you.
- Mail your Ballot. Do not procrastinate. It is VERY IMPORTANT to mail your Ballot immediately so your vote is counted by Election Day.
- If you are concerned about the mail, the following options are available to you, recommended in the following order:
- Place your completed Ballot into the privacy folder, sealed, signed, and dated, and hand deliver it to any of your Supervisor of Elections offices immediately. Find your county’s Supervisor of Elections offices here.
- Bring your completed sealed and signed Ballot to any Early Voting location in your county, where you will place it in the secure drop box provided. Do this on or immediately after October 19, the first day of Early Voting. Find your county’s early voting days, hours and locations here.
If you change your mind and decide to vote in person, take your vote-by-mail ballot with you to the polling location to prove that you have not mailed it in.
How to Check Your Vote By Mail Status
Step 2: Click “Ballot and Precinct Information”
In the Ballot and Precinct section, you can also find your polling location and see the format of your vote-by-mail ballot (may not be available until closer to Election Day).