If you're registered to vote in California, you can vote through mail instead of going to polls.
Sacramento County is one of five counties in California that will begin the transition to the Voter’s Choice Act, where all voters in those counties will receive a vote-by-mail ballot.
However, there are steps you need to take in order to make sure your vote counts through mail, according to the California Secretary of State.
1. Apply to vote by mail.
Registered voters can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot. There are three ways to apply for a mail ballot:
- By mail. Yes, you can apply for a mail ballot by mail but your application must be received no later than seven days before the June 5 election day. The deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by mail is May 29. You may use the application printed on the voter information guide that is mailed to you by your county elections official prior to every election. You may also visit or write to your county elections official for an application or you may use the California Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application (PDF).
- In person. You can apply in person at your county elections office to request a vote-by-mail. This can be done any time after seven days before Election Day (May 29).
- By telephone. You can contact your county elections official to see if your county allows you to apply by telephone
2. Return the ballot.
You can return your ballot by:
- Mailing it to your county elections official. Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than three days after Election Day. If you're not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time, bring it to any polling place in your county between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- Returning it in person to a polling place or the office of your county elections official. Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- Dropping your ballot into one of your county’s ballot drop boxes. Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered to a ballot drop-off location must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- Authorizing someone to return the ballot for you. Anyone can return your ballot for you as long as they do not get paid. In order for your ballot to be counted you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.
3. Make sure your mail-in ballot has the right postage.
Counties will have varying costs in postage due to the different sizes and weights of a ballot. Ballots for Sacramento County require two stamps this year.
Don't forget to sign your envelope!