Voting by Mail in California 2020

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You May Vote by Mail

All registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020, General Election.

You do not have to apply for a special vote-by-mail ballot for this election.

Instead of going to the polls on Election Day, you can vote by using the vote-by-mail ballot that you have received in the mail.

The Blue and the Purple Envelope

You will get a blue envelope. Blue is for delivery to voters. Look for the blue stripe on the left side of the envelope.

The purple envelope is used when you return the ballot to the election office.

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How to Vote by Mail

After you have voted, insert your ballot in the envelope provided, making sure you complete all required information on the envelope.

Return the envelope with your voted 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 17 days after Election Day.

It is still a good idea to vote early.

If you are not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, bring it to any polling place in the state between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 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 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 Dropping your ballot into one of your county‚Äôs ballot drop boxes.

No later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 Authorizing someone to return the ballot on your behalf.

Anyone may return your ballot for you if they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. For your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.

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Check the Status of Your Ballot

You may also check the status of your ballot by visiting “My Voter Status.”

Read more: Vote by Mail – November 3, 2020, General Election

If you run into any problems or have questions before or on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline:

English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683

Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682

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