Even if you request a vote-by-mail ballot, you can still vote in person if you have not returned your ballot. If you still have it, take your ballot with you to show it has not been returned.
When you vote by mail, an election official will compare your signature on the outside of the return envelope to the signature on file with the elections office. To make sure these signatures match, update your voter registration using one of the following methods. Likewise, if there is an issue with your ballot, the supervisor of elections will try to contact you using the contact information on record, so update your contact information with your voter registration using one of the following methods. The form is the same as a new voter registration form, you will check "Record Update/Change" instead of "New Registration."
- Request a Vote-by-Mail (VBM) ballot to be mailed to you by 5 pm on October 29.
A VBM ballot can be picked up until the 7pm deadline on Election Day either by the voter or a designee.
- Requests to vote by mail are only good for one general election cycle, so you may need to request it this year, even if you've voted by mail in the past. If you request a VBM ballot for this year's August primary election, you can also request a November general election ballot for this year's cycle at the same time. You can also request a VBM ballot for just the November general election.
- Request a vote-by-mail ballot using one of the following methods. You should make this request as soon as possible to make sure you receive your ballot with plenty of time to return.
- If you are able, complete the online application on your supervisor of elections' website.
- Request in person at the supervisor of elections' office.
- Request by calling your supervisor of elections.
- Request in writing, through email, fax or mailing your supervisor of elections' office.
- You will need to provide your driver's license or state ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number; whichever your supervisor of elections office has on file. If you are unsure which identifying information they have on file, update your voter registration using one of the methods above.
- Receive Your Ballot: You can pick up your vote-by-mail ballot once ballots are printed, or it will be mailed to you. If you need someone else to pick up your ballot, you can designate someone in writing.
- Return Your Ballot by 7 pm Election Day:
- Please note: On Election Day, November 8, you can only drop off your completed vote-by-mail ballot at your Supervisors of Elections Office, not a designated drop box.
- You can mail your ballot or drop it off in person at the supervisor of elections office, or a secure ballot intake station at an early voting site or other designated drop sites. Your vote-by-mail ballot will list the drop-off sites.
- Voters who have requested to vote by mail can still choose to vote in person after requesting a VBM ballot. To avoid issues, bring the mail ballot to your polling place. If you've misplaced it, contact your supervisor of elections office.
- Track Your Ballot: Visit your Supervisor of Elections' website or the State's Voter Information Lookup site to track your ballot to make sure it was received. If you can't track your ballot on their website within 3 days of mailing your VBM ballot, you should contact your SOE to confirm that your ballot was received.
If Your Ballot Is Rejected: If your VBM ballot was not accepted, the SOE is required by law to notify you, tell you why it was rejected and give you an opportunity to correct any issues to "cure" your ballot and have it counted.
You Have a Right to Remedy Your Ballot: If your VBM ballot is rejected or you are required to cast a provisional ballot, your supervisor of elections is required by law to allow you to cure the ballot by submitting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot Cure Affidavit and a copy of your ID. You must submit this by 5 p.m. two days after the election.