Overview Any registered voter may vote using a vote-by-mail ballot instead of going to the polls on election day. California law also allows any registered voter to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter.
Registered voters may apply at any time for a vote-by-mail ballot for an upcoming election. However, if applying by mail, applications must be received no later than seven days before an election. If it is not, you will need to apply in person to get a vote-by-mail ballot for that election.
Applications are also printed on the Sample Ballot pamphlet that is mailed to all registered voters by the Registrar of Voters prior to every election. A completed application or letter requesting vote-by-mail status must be submitted to the Registrar of Voters Office at least seven days before an election.
The application or letter must contain the:
Name and residence address listed on applicant's registration card
Address to which the vote-by-mail ballot should be sent (if different than your registered address)
Name and date of the election in which applicant would like to vote by mail
Signature of applicant
If you would like more information or need further assistance, please contact the Registrar of Voters at (909) 387-8300 or Toll Free at (800) 881-VOTE (8683).