If you're registered to vote in California, your ballot is coming the mail, starting October 5th.
You DO NOT need to request a mail-in or absentee ballot, it is automatic!
Under the new Voter's Choice program every registered voter in California will receive a ballot and a postage-free return envelope for the November 3, 2020 Presidential (General) Election.
Check out the non-partisan info on your personal ballot on the Voter's Edge Website!
For your pre-voting research, the League of Women Voters has teamed up with MapLight to bring you election information customized to your needs.
- Access your personalized ballot for only your districts. Just enter your address on the first page, and see information about the races that affect you, including
- Who endorses a candidate
- Who gave money to a candidate
- Information provided by the candidate:
- Community Activities
- Political Beliefs
- Contact Information
- More data is added every day, so check back often!
You've gotten your Vote-by-Mail Ballot. Now What?
1. You can vote at home and then:
a. Drop it off at any Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center Site in your county. Here's where they are.
In Santa Clara County, the Official Ballot Drop Boxes will be available 24 hours a day, starting October 5 until the polls close at 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020.
FYI: the County Registrar of Voters' schedule to collect ballots from drop boxes is:
- October 7 – October 16, 2020: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- October 19 – November 3, 2020: Every Day (Be sure your ballot's in the box by 8:00 p.m.!)
b. You can mail it in
If you choose to use the US Postal Service to mail your completed ballot:
- It must be postmarked on or before the close of polls on Election Day, 8:00 p.m. Tuesday November 3, AND
- It must be received no later than 17 days after Election Day (this is totally out of your control)
Concerned about mail-in ballot errors?
2. You can vote in person:
Local precincts as we've always known them no longer exist. But the good news it, you no longer have to vote in only one place.
You can take the ballot you got in the mail and go to a number of places in the county to vote:
a. Vote at the County Registrar of Voters' Office
1555 Berger Drive, Building 2,
San Jose, CA 95112
Any voter registered in the county of Santa Clara can vote at the Registrar of Voters' Office.
- Weekdays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 2
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Weekends (Sat & Sun), Oct. 24 – Nov 1
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Tue, Nov. 3, Election Day
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
b. Voter Center Sites
Any voter registered in the county of Santa Clara can vote at any Voter Center anywhere in the county. You can find the Voter Centers closest to you by going HERE. Bring the Ballot that was mailed to you! You'll need it to vote!
Voter Centers will only be open for voting starting Saturday, October 31, 2020.
Vote Center Hours:
Sat October 31 to Mon November 2,
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tue November 3, 2020, Election Day,
7:00 am to 8:00 pm
For more information, visit the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters site.
All voters can now get critical updates on their ballots through California’s official “Where’s My Ballot?” tracking tool. Signing up takes less than three minutes!
When you sign up, you can select to get notifications on the status of your vote-by-mail ballot by
- text (SMS),
- email, and/or
- voice call
What gets tracked?
You will receive notifications such as:
- Ballot Printed - when your county elections office has printed your ballot and is preparing to send it to you.
- Ballot Inbound - when the Postal Service has indicated to to your county elections office that they have the ballot you mailed, and it is being returned to your county elections office.
- Ballot Received - Your ballot has been received by the county election office.
- Ballot Alert- Alerts if there are any issues with your ballot, plus instructions for how to correct them to make sure your vote is counted.
- Ballot Accepted - Your ballot was received by your county elections office and will be counted.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to track your ballot every step of the way!