Voting

Vote By Mail


Any registered voter can vote by mail. Voters have the option to be on the permanent Mail Ballot list or they can request a Mail Ballot for a single election only.

Application

To apply for a Mail Ballot:

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for a Mail Ballot is seven days prior to Election Day:

  • Deadline:    
    • Voters need to request a mail ballot by October 29, 2019 for the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Election.
    • Voters need to request a mail ballot by February 25, 2020 for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

If a voter becomes ill or disabled after the Mail Ballot application deadline and believes that they cannot get to a Polling Place on Election Day, the voter may submit a written request to have a Mail Ballot picked up from the Registrar of Voters and delivered to him or her by an authorized representative of the voter.    

  • Print, complete and sign the Authorization to Release Mail Ballot to a Voter’s Representative Form [available soon] for the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Election.
  • Print, complete and sign the Authorization to Release Mail Ballot to a Voter’s Representative Form [available soon] for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

Delivery of Ballots

Mail Ballots will be delivered to the U.S. Post Office:     

  • October 7, 2019 for the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Election
  • November 4, 2019 for the December 3, 2019 San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association Election
  • February 3, 2020 for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election

Vote an Accessible Ballot

Voters with disabilities may vote independently, using their computer, to mark an accessible ballot.

Request a Replacement Mail Ballot

Request a replacement mail ballot:

  • Email request to MailBallots@sbcountyelections.com.  Include your name, residence address, mailing address, and date of birth.
  • Call (800) 881-VOTE(8683) or (909) 387-8300

Request a Translated Sample Ballot

Request a translated sample ballot for the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Election [available soon]:

  • 要求中文選票翻譯樣本
  • Kahilingan para sa Sampol na Balota na Nasalin sa Tagalog

Request a translated sample ballot for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election [available soon]:

  • 要求中文選票翻譯樣本
  • 한국어로 번역된 견본 투표지 신청서
  • Kahilingan para sa Sampol na Balota na Nasalin sa Tagalog
  • Yêu cầu Gửi Mẫu phiếu Bầu cử Đã được dịch sang Tiếng Việt

Return a Voted Mail Ballot

Return a voted mail ballot for the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Election:

  • Deliver to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters on or before 8 p.m. on Election Day
    • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Election Day, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
    • 24-hour Mail Ballot Drop Box available
  • Mail via the U.S. Postal Service
    • Mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must be received by the Registrar of Voters within three business days following the election

Return a voted mail ballot for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election:

  • Find a Mail Ballot Drop Off Location [available soon]
  • Deliver to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters on or before 8 p.m. on Election Day
    • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Election Day, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
    • 24-hour Mail Ballot Drop Box available
  • Mail via the U.S. Postal Service
    • Mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must be received by the Registrar of Voters within three business days following the election

Check the Status of Your Voted Mail Ballot

Check the status of your voted Mail Ballot using the Mail Ballot Status tool.

Unsigned Ballot Statement

When the Registrar of Voters receives a voted mail ballot without the voter’s signature on the return envelope, the Registrar of Voters is unable to count that mail ballot.  However, California law allows voters another chance to correct their ballot up to 8 days after the election. These voters are notified by mail that they may:

  • Go to the Registrar of Voters to sign the mail ballot return envelope in person, or
  • Complete and return an Unsigned Ballot Statement.

If you received a letter from the Registrar of Voters stating that your mail ballot return envelope was not signed, go to the Registrar of Voters to sign your envelope, or complete and return one of the following forms:

For the November 5, 2019 Consolidated Election, unsigned mail ballot return envelopes must be corrected by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in order for the ballot to be counted.

For the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, unsigned mail ballot return envelopes must be corrected by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in order for the ballot to be counted.

Signature Verification Statement

When the Registrar of Voters receives a voted mail ballot but is unable to match the voter's signature on the return envelope with the signature on file in the voter's record, the Registrar of Voters is unable to count that mail ballot. However, California law allows voters another chance to correct their mail ballot up until two days before the election results are certified. These voters are notified by mail that they may: 

  • Go to the Registrar of Voters to sign the Signature Verification Statement in person.
  • Complete and return a Signature Verification Statement.

If you received a letter from the Registrar of Voters stating that your signature on the Official Mail Ballot return envelope was unable to be matched with your signature on file, complete and return one of the following forms immediately:

Cancel Your Permanent Mail Ballot Status

To cancel your Permanent Mail Ballot status, please complete and return one of the following applications:

Return completed applications:

  • By email:  Scan or take a picture of the application and email to MailBallots@sbcountyelections.com
  • By fax:  (909) 386-8388
  • By mail or in person:  Registrar of Voters, 777 E. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415