Vote by Mail for the Upcoming Election

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Gen​eral Information​

Vote by Mail ballots are mailed beginning 29 days before Election Day. In your ballot packet you will receive your ballot, a pink return envelope with your personal information printed on it and a ballot instruction insert.​​

Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections
7000 65th Street, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95823

Phone: (916) 875-6155
Fax: (916) 854-9796
Military and Overseas Email:​

To receive a Vote by Mail ballot in the mail you must:

  • be registered to vote in Sacramento County
  • live in the district holding the election ​

Mailing address update or one-time mailing address change​​

If you would like to receive your ballot at an address other than the address where you are registered to vote, you may:​

  • ​Mail in or fax a completed Vote by Mail application by downloading from the California Secretary of State's website and we will mail you a ballot for the upcoming election. Mailed or faxed requests must be received at the Registrar of Voters' Office no later than 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday one week before the election
  • Call the Vote by Mail Division at (916) 875-6155

Alternate Language Facsimile Ballot ​​​

All ballots are available in English, Spanish and Chinese in Sacramento County. If you would like to request a facsimile ballot in one of our other state mandated languages you may use the postage paid card from the back of your County Voter Information Guide. Not all voting precincts have facsimile ballots in every language. To confirm we have a facsimile ballot for your voting precinct prior to submitting a request, please call the Vote by Mail Division. The state mandated languages for Sacramento County are:

  • Hmong
  • Punjabi
  • Korean
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

American Disability Act (ADA) Ballots​​

​If you would like to request a Large Print or Audio version of your ballot you may call (916)875-5854 to receive one.​

All requests for Facsimile and ADA Ballots must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. 10 days prior to Election Day.

Accessible Vote by Mail (AVBM)​​

If you are disabled and would like to request an email link to a downloadable AVBM ballot you may use the postage paid card from the back of your County Voter Information Guide. The AVBM ballot must be downloaded to your computer, completed, printed and returned. You may use your original pink VBM envelope or follow the instructions in the AVBM email to return your ballot.​​​

Authorized Ballot Pick-up​

​​Beginning 29 days before every election, a registered voter may authorize, in writing, a Vote by Mail ballot to be delivered by his or her spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or a person residing in the same household as the voter, who is 16 years of age or older. (EC §3009) Download and print an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and A​uthorization for Ballot Pick-up​.

During the last 7 days of an election, a voter can authorize any person, in writing, to pick up and return their ballot (EC §3021). Download and print an Emergency Authorization for Ballot Pick-Up​​​ here.​

Replacement Ballot, also known as Second Chance Voting​​​

If you make an error on your Vote by Mail ballot, cross out the wrong oval and fill in the correct oval (see inside front cover of the County Voter Information Guide). Do NOT initial your ballot or leave any identifying marks. If you prefer you may request a replacement ballot by calling our office at (916) 875-6155 and we will mail you a replacement. 

Returning your Ballot​​​

Vote by Mail ballots must be received in the Registrars of Voters' Office or at any authorized Vote Center or Vote by Mail Ballot Drop Off Location for Sacramento County by 8:00 p.m. Election Day. For locations see the map in the Resources Link below.​​​​

Post Mark + 3​

Ballots returned by mail must be POSTMARKED on or before Election Day and delivered, by the USPS or a bona fide private mail delivery company, to the Elections Office no later than 5:00 p.m. 3 business days after the Election. (EC §3020)​

Remember to Sign Your Envelope​​

Your ballot envelope must be signed and your ballot must be returned to the Voter Registration and Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.


What To Do if You Forget to Sign Your Vote by Mail Ballot Envelope

If you believe you have forgotten to sign your ballot envelope, please call the Vote by Mail Division at (916) 875-6155 and we will send you an Unsigned Ballot Statement​​ to complete and return. This completed statement will be used to process your unsigned ballot envelope. (EC §3019)

If you have any questions see our FAQ’s link at the top of the page, call the Vote by Mail Division at (916) 875-6155 or email​. 

What To Do if Your Signature Does Not Match Your Signature on File

If your signature has changed or does not match the signature(s) on your voter registration record, your ballot may be challenged. You may check the status of your ballot through the Voter Lookup Tool. If your ballot has been challenged as "No Signature Match," our office will send you a Signature Verification Statement​ to complete and return. This completed statement will be used to verify the signature on your ballot envelope, allowing us to process it.  It will also update the signature on your voter registration file.


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