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Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Election day is right around the corner. This year, you have the power to choose elected officials who will put your interests first and fight to expand access to health care. It's up to you.

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Voting is fundamental to our democracy. This year's election is the most important in our lifetime. It's up to you to make your choices and shape our future. If we sit on the sidelines, then others will make the future work for them, instead of us. 

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Voting Information

Get specific voting and polling information for your county.

Contra Costa
Where are ballot drop off locations? No list yet, email [email protected] or call at 925-335-7807
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? No list yet, email [email protected] or call at 925-335-7807
Deadline to return ballot? Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (11/3) or dropped off by EOD
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No, all ballots are mailed with an attached postage-paid envelope.
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three days of the election (November 6, 2020).
When will ballots arrive at my house? Your ballot will be mailed 29 days before Election Day (October 5, 2020)
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? 15 days before the election (October 19).
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? If your ballot is damaged or lost, email [email protected] or call (925) 335-7800 to request a replacement.
Is my vote confidential? Yes, your vote is always confidential
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? All ballots are put into storage for 22 months after they have been tallied, and then disposed of.
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? You can confirm if the elections offices has issued or received your ballot by using our My Voting Information tool.
Solano
Where are ballot drop off locations? Currently developing full list
email [email protected] for full list in about 1 month
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? Polling places open for 5 days prior to election day, list of polling places available in 1 month.
Deadline to return ballot? Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (11/3) or dropped off by EOD
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No, provided with paid envelope with ballot
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Regardless of how the ballot is returned, it MUST be received by any California Registrar of Voters office by 8:00pm on election day, or received by mail within 3 days of the election if postmarked or dated by the voter on or before election day.
When will ballots arrive at my house? Your ballot will be mailed 29 days before Election Day (October 5, 2020)
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? 15 days before the election (October 19).
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? You can call our office anytime to request a replacement ballot during business hours: (707) 784-6675. Or you can send an e-mail to: [email protected] and we will work with you to ensure you get a new replacement ballot.
Is my vote confidential? Yes, your vote is not recorded in any system other than the official vote tally system.
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Put in storage, archived for 2 years before destroyed
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Receive a notification on if you sign up for text notifications
Napa
Where are ballot drop off locations? Still being determined, visit countyofnapa.org/2355/Drop-Box-Locations for additional info
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? Still being determined, visit countyofnapa.org/2354/Vote-Center-Locations for additional info
Deadline to return ballot? Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (11/3) or dropped off by EOD
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No, all ballots are mailed with an attached postage-paid envelope.
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three days of the election (November 6, 2020).
When will ballots arrive at my house? Your ballot will be mailed 29 days before Election Day (October 5, 2020)
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? 15 days before the election (October 19).
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? If you have misplaced/spoiled your ballot, did not receive your ballot, or are temporarily away (U.S. addresses only), send an email to [email protected]
Is my vote confidential? Yes.
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Keep all ballots for 22 months, then shredded after time period ends
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? 2 months before election, voter tracker goes live. See where ballot is, if it has been challenged, etc.
Lake
Where are ballot drop off locations? Yet to be determined, plan for VBM being constructed currently.
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? Yet to be determined, plan for VBM being constructed currently.
Deadline to return ballot? Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (11/3) or dropped off by EOD
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No, provided with paid envelope with ballot
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three days of the election (November 6, 2020).
When will ballots arrive at my house? Your ballot will be mailed 29 days before Election Day (October 5, 2020)
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? 15 days before the election (October 19).
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Call office or pick up ballot, or go into polls and vote provisionally.
Is my vote confidential? Yes, once ballot is detached from envelope, anonymity is ensured.
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? All ballots are put into storage for 22 months after they have been tallied, and then shredded.
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Visit lakecountyca.gov/Government/Directory/ROV/BStatus.htm to view your ballot status
Humboldt
Where are ballot drop off locations? Yes, there will be a few, locations and how many are still TBD
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? A few will be open, but still TBD
Deadline to return ballot? Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (11/3) or dropped off by EOD
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? 11/6 but must be postmarked by 11/3
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Contact Hum County Elections Office 707-445-7481 or drop in 2426 6th St. in Eureka
Is my vote confidential? Yes - Envelopes with identifying info are separated from ballots
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? After 22 months, but again those ballots do not have personal identifying info
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? No, but after some time (unspecified - probably a couple of weeks)
Butte
Where are ballot drop off locations? City Halls in Paradise, Chico and Oroville and all county libraries
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? TBD - should have a list by end of June
Deadline to return ballot? Postmark before or by Election Day
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark before or by Election Day, arrival by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Voter assist centers - locations TBD or Election office in Oroville (see contact info below)
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Yes, 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Track your Vote by Mail ballot - when it is mailed, received and counted! Sign up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot
Shasta
Where are ballot drop off locations? See Options Below
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? TBD - But all that were open in March are expected to be open except some senior facilities. They will email me a complete list of this and all drop-off sites closer to the election
Deadline to return ballot? 11/3
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark 11/3, in office by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Registrar office, Voters can request it by mail or fill out the online form https://www.elections.co.shasta.ca.us/about/your-elections-office/contact-us/
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Track your Vote by Mail ballot - when it is mailed, received and counted! Sign up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot
Mendocino
Where are ballot drop off locations? See Options Below
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? TBD - Most should be open - looking to have the same number of places open but a few may need to change location : [email protected] + (707)234-6819
Deadline to return ballot? Postmarked election day
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark 11/3, in office by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Go into Elections office or contact office 707-234-6819 and can get one mailed to you. Or get provisional on Election Day at your polling place.
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Track your Vote by Mail ballot - when it is mailed, received and counted! Sign up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot
Trinity
Where are ballot drop off locations? See Options Below
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? Phone could not connect: awaiting email response
Deadline to return ballot? Postmarked election day
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark 11/3, in office by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? You can download your UOCAVA Ballot at this site https://sites.omniballot.us/06105/app/home or contact the Election Department 530-623-8398 or recieve one at a provisional polling place
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Yes, 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Phone could not connect: awaiting email response
Glenn
Where are ballot drop off locations? See Options Below
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? TBD
Deadline to return ballot? Postmarked electionday
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark 11/3, in office by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Replacement ballot application by mail/in person. Form online: https://www.countyofglenn.net/dept/elections/forms
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Yes, 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? You can track your ballot at https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/
Colusa
Where are ballot drop off locations? See Options Below
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? TBD: Polling places can be found using your home address @ https://voterinfo.countyofcolusa.com/electiondatalookup/pollplacelookup.aspx
Deadline to return ballot? Postmarked electionday
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark 11/3, in office by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? October 5
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Call the office at (530) 458-0500 or go into the office hours listed below
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Yes, 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? You can check the status of your ballot at https://voterinfo.countyofcolusa.com/ballotstatuslookup/
Tehama
Where are ballot drop off locations? See Options Below
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? TBD
Deadline to return ballot? Postmarked electionday
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark 11/3, in office by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? 10/19/2020, if you are registering or re-registering less than 15 days before an election you will need to complete the Same-Day Voter Registration process and request your ballot in person at your county elections office or polling location.
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Come into the office, fill out the form - in cases of spoil
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Yes, 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? You can track your ballot at https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/
Modoc
Where are ballot drop off locations? See Options Below
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? TBD
Deadline to return ballot? Postmarked electionday
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark 11/3, in office by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? TBD
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Yes, 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? TBD
Lassen
Where are ballot drop off locations? See Options Below
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? TBD
Deadline to return ballot? Postmarked election day
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark 11/3, in office by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Pick up one up at the office: Normal hours 9am-4:30pm; Election hours: 7am-8pm
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Yes, 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? You can track your VBM status using this link http://www.co.lassen.ca.us/ballotstatuslookup/default.aspx
Siskiyou
Where are ballot drop off locations? See Options Below
What polling places will be open and which ones will be closed? TBD
Deadline to return ballot? Postmarked election day
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? Postmark 11/3, in office by 11/6
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Week of October 5th
What is the last possible date to register to vote and receive a ballot? October 19
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? 1) back of the envelope for VBM to request a new one 2) form online or in person (replacement and VBM)
Is my vote confidential? Yes
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Yes, 22 months
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Call or You can track your ballot at https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/
Marin
Where are ballot drop off locations? Mail - postmark must be on or before Election Day and received by three days after the Election in order to be counted.
Drop off - at Elections Office. Or, on Election Day take to any polling place in Marin County 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Are polling places closed? No, legally people need to able to vote in person.
Deadline to return ballot? To be counted, mailed ballots must be postmarked before or on Election Day and received by the Elections Department no later than Friday, three days after Election Day. Ballots returned in person must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No you don't. All California Vote-by-Mail ballots now come with prepaid postage return envelopes.
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? They need to be received by the Department of Elections no later than Friday, three days after Election Day.
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? Vote-by-mail ballots are mailed starting 29 days before the election. You can vote as soon as you receive your ballot.

If you do not receive your ballot within 15 day before the election:
Call - (415)-473-6456; or
Come to the Elections Department
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? Request a replacement ballot in writing either in person, by mail, email or fax. If it
is less than 10 days before Election Day, call us at 415-473-6456 for instructions.
• By mail: Marin County Elections Office, P.O. Box E, San Rafael, CA 94613
• By fax: Attn: Vote by Mail 415-473-6447 or 415-473-4244
• By email: Vote by Mail at [email protected]
• In person to: Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 121, San
Rafael, CA 94903. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and
7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Is my vote confidential? Voter registration is confidential in California. Certain voter information may be provided upon request for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. For example, information may be provided to a candidate for office or a ballot measure committee. But even in those circumstance you can't see who or what someone voted for. You can see general info such as "Did you cast a ballot in a certain election?"
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Counties keep paper ballots for at least 7 years, in case of a recount etc.
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Yes. Track your ballot online with the Voter Information Portal (VIP) or use the automated phone system, available 24/7, that can check if your ballot was received. Call (415) 473-6456.
San Francisco
Where are ballot drop off locations? If you have a vote-by-mail ballot, you can drop it off—inside its signed and sealed return envelope—at any polling place. Or early at the location listed in the link.
Are polling places closed? No, legally people need to able to vote in person.
Deadline to return ballot? To be counted, mailed ballots must be postmarked before or on Election Day and received by the Department of Elections no later than Friday, three days after Election Day. Ballots returned in person must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No you don't. All California Vote-by-Mail ballots now come with prepaid postage return envelopes.
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? They need to be received by the Department of Elections no later than Friday, three days after Election Day.
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? The Department of Elections begins mailing ballots to permanent vote-by-mail voters approximately one month before each election. The Department continues mailing ballots until the deadline for vote-by-mail requests, which is seven days before an election. Ballots typically begin arriving in voters’ mailboxes about three weeks before each election.
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? To request a replacement ballot by mail after a vote-by-mail ballot has already been sent, you can use the Voter Portal's “Replacement Ballot Request” feature.
Is my vote confidential? Voter registration is confidential in California. Certain voter information may be provided upon request for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. For example, information may be provided to a candidate for office or a ballot measure committee. But even in those circumstance you can't see who or what someone voted for. You can see general info such as "Did you cast a ballot in a certain election?"
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Counties keep paper ballots for at least 7 years, in case of a recount etc.
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Use the Department of Election's Voter Portal to track your ballot as it moves through the nine steps of the election process, from the date your request for a ballot is processed to when your ballot is counted. The tool will also inform you if there are any issues preventing the Department of Elections from counting your ballot.
Sonoma
Where are ballot drop off locations? If you have a vote-by-mail ballot, you can drop it off—inside its signed and sealed return envelope—at any polling place. And/or one of these 24-hour drop-off boxes up to Election Day:
-Santa Rosa Veteran’s Memorial Building
1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa
-Petaluma Veteran’s Memorial Building
1094 S. Petaluma Boulevard, Petaluma
Are polling places closed? No, legally people need to able to vote in person.
Deadline to return ballot? To be counted, mailed ballots must be postmarked before or on Election Day and received by the Registrar of Voters office no later than Friday, three days after Election Day. Ballots returned in person must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Do I need a stamp to send my ballot? No you don't. All California Vote-by-Mail ballots now come with prepaid postage return envelopes.
By what date do you need to receive my ballot for it to be counted? They need to be received by the Registrar of Voters office no later than Friday, three days after Election Day.
When will my ballot be mailed? First week of October
When will ballots arrive at my house? California law allows official ballots to be mailed to Vote by Mail voters beginning 29 days before an election.
How can I receive a new ballot if mine is lost? You would need to call the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office to request a new ballot over the phone with clerk. (707) 565-6800
You have a couple of options:

1) before Election Day, call the Registrar of Voters Office and inform the staff person that you lost your ballot; staff will inform you of your options to obtain a second Vote by Mail ballot (which may include issuing you a second Vote by Mail ballot if there is sufficient time before the election.

2) if it is Election Day, you can go to your assigned polling place and vote a provisional ballot OR go to the Registrar of Voters Office and inform the staff person that you lost your ballot; staff will issue you a second Vote by Mail ballot. Whenever a second ballot is issued, the first ballot is voided so it can not be counted if both are returned.
Is my vote confidential? Voter registration is confidential in California. Certain voter information may be provided upon request for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. For example, information may be provided to a candidate for office or a ballot measure committee. But even in those circumstance you can't see who or what someone voted for. You can see general info such as "Did you cast a ballot in a certain election?"
Is my ballot destroyed after my vote has been recorded? Counties keep paper ballots for at least 7 years, in case of a recount etc.
Will you inform me when you have received my completed ballot? Track your Vote by Mail ballot—when it is mailed, received, and counted! Sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot.

Events

Save the date for these exciting virtual get out the vote events

How to Register to Vote
Easy steps to register to vote or check voter status. (July 20)

Women's Right to Vote: 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Trivia
Celebrating (some) women gaining the right to vote and the importance of voting. (Aug 28)

How to Organize & Lead During Get Out the Vote  
Learn new ways to help us get out the vote. Training on digital and tools and tactics to reach voters. (Sept 07)

Fundraiser: Sweets, Sex, and Social Distancing
Join us for a fundraiser to support Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund and Votes Planned Parenthood Northern California for a curbside event at Septentrio Winery. (Sept 13)