Vote by Mail for the Upcoming Election

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To qualify for a Vote by Mail ballot you must:

  • be a registered voter in Sacramento County
  • live in the district holding the election

For your convenience a Vote by Mail ballot request is located on the back cover of your Sample Official Ballot pamphlet, which is mailed to every eligible voter prior to an election. When applying, you must include the following:

  • your name
  • the election date you are requesting
  • your Sacramento County residence address
  • your mailing address if different
  • your signature
    • It is not legal for someone to sign your Vote by Mail ballot for you, so if you are no longer able to sign your name, please call the Vote by Mail Voting Division at (916) 875-6155.

If you do not have a Vote by Mail Voter application, you may:

  • Mail in a completed Vote by Mail application by downloading from the California Secretary of State's website. This is a one-time Vote by Mail ballot that will be mailed to you for the upcoming election.
  • Call our office for information on how to request a Vote by Mail ballot
    • "Only the registered voter himself or herself may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot.  An application for a Vote by Mail ballot that is made by any person other than the registered voter is a criminal offense."  (E.C. 3007.8)

  • This application differs from the Permanent Vote by Mail Voter Application. To become a Permanent Vote by Mail Voter, please refer to our section entitled "Become a Permanent Vote by Mail Voter."

Submitting a Vote by Mail Ballot Request

Voters may submit a Vote by Mail ballot request in one of the following ways:

  • Mail or Fax – Mailed or faxed applications must be received at the Registrar of Voters' Office no later than 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday one week before the election.


    Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections
    7000 65th Street, Suite A
    Sacramento, CA 95823
    Fax: (916) 854-9796

  • In Person – Please bring the application to the Registrar of Voters' Office shown above. Office hours are weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Written Authorization – Certain people are now allowed to pick up your ballot for you. Your ballot may be delivered by your spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or a person residing in the same household as you. They are required to sign a statement attested to under penalty of perjury that provides the name of the applicant and his or her relationship to the applicant and affirms that he or she is 16 years of age or older and is authorized by the applicant to deliver the Vote by Mail ballot. You still need to complete the Vote by Mail ballot application.

During the last seven days before an election you may authorize, in writing, anyone to pick up your ballot for you.

For more information please call (916) 875-6155.  For your convenience, you may download and print this form.

Vote by Mail voter ballots must be received in the Registrars of Voters' Office or at any polling place in Sacramento County by 8:00 p.m. Election Day, or postmarked by any federal or commercial mail carrier.  There are also special provisions for:

  • federal and overseas voters
  • new citizens
  • new residence within California