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

Due to urgency legislation passed in response to the current public health emergency, every active registered voter will receive a mail ballot for all elections held in 2021. 

  • Mail ballots for the August 31, 2021 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election will be delivered to the United States Postal Service beginning August 2.
  • Mail ballots for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election will be delivered to the United States Postal Service beginning August 16.

To apply for a Mail Ballot:

Application Deadline

Mail ballot applications are not necessary this election because all active registered voters will be mailed a ballot. 

  • Deadline for the August 31, 2021 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election: 
    • Replacement mail ballots must be requested by August 24, 2021.
    • After August 24, 2021, voters needing a replacement ballot will need to do so in person at the Registrar of Voters office.
  • Deadline for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election: 
    • Replacement mail ballots must be requested by September 7, 2021.
    • After September 7, 2021, voters needing a replacement ballot will need to do so in person at the Registrar of Voters, an Early Vote site, or at a polling place.

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 Application [available after August 24] for the August 31, 2021 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election.
  • Print, complete and sign the Authorization to Release Mail Ballot to a Voter’s Representative Application [available after September 7] for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

Delivery of Ballots

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

  • August 2, 2021 for the August 31, 2021 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election.
  • August 16, 2021 for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election

Vote an Accessible Ballot

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

  • Vote on an accessible ballot [available soon] for the August 31, 2021 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election.
  • Vote on an accessible ballot [available soon] for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

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 August 31, 2021 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election [available soon]:

  • 要求中文選票翻譯樣本
  • Permohonan Untuk Surat Suara Sampel Yang Diterjemahkan Dalam Bahasa Indonesia
  • 한국어로 번역된 견본 투표지 신청서
  • Kahilingan para sa Sampol na Balota na Nasalin sa Tagalog
  • คำขอรับบัตรลงคะแนนตัวอย่ำงภำษำแปลเป็นภำษำไทย
  • Yêu cầu Gửi Mẫu phiếu Bầu cử Đã được dịch sang Tiếng Việt

Request a translated sample ballot for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election [available soon]:

  • 要求中文選票翻譯樣本
  • Permohonan Untuk Surat Suara Sampel Yang Diterjemahkan Dalam Bahasa Indonesia
  • 한국어로 번역된 견본 투표지 신청서
  • Kahilingan para sa Sampol na Balota na Nasalin sa Tagalog
  • คำขอรับบัตรลงคะแนนตัวอย่ำงภำษำแปลเป็นภำษำไทย
  • 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 August 31, 2021 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election:

  • Find a Mail Ballot Drop Off Location [available soon]
    • 24-hour Mail Ballot Drop Boxes available
  • Deliver to the 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 received by the Registrar of Voters within seven days following the election.

Return a voted mail ballot for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election:

  • Find a Mail Ballot Drop Off Location [available soon]      
    • 24-hour Mail Ballot Drop Boxes available throughout the county
  • Drop off at any Polling Place [available soon]
  • Drop off at a Drive Thru Drop Off event [available soon]
  • Deliver to the 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 received by the Registrar of Voters within seven 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 using My Elections Gateway.

 

Sign up for Where's My Ballot? to receive email, text, or voice call notifications to track your ballot.

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 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 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:

  • Unsigned Ballot Statement - August 31, 2021 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election [available soon]
  • Unsigned Ballot Statement - September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election [available soon]

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:

  • Signature Verification Statement - August 31, 2021 Consolidated Mail Ballot Election [available soon]
  • Signature Verification Statement - September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election [available soon]

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