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Vote By Mail

Vote By mail
VOTING BY MAIL IS EASY AND CONVENIENT
  • No more waiting in line at the polls
  • No more scheduling hassles on Election Day
  • Carefully evaluate each issue at your leisure
  • Complete your ballot in the comfort of your own home

How to Obtain a Vote-by-Mail Ballot

Any voter may request a vote-by-mail ballot in the following ways:

  1. Apply Online.
    The Vote By Mail Online Application will become available 40 days before the next election.

  2. Call (510) 272-6973 to request a ballot to be mailed to you.

  3. E-Mail, Fax, or mail us a letter requesting a vote-by-mail ballot and include your name, home address, the address to which you want the ballot mailed, and your signature.

    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 offence.

All requests must be received in the Registrar of Voters office no later than 7 days before an election by 5:00 PM.

∗postmarks are unacceptable

Mail to: 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1

Oakland, California 94612

Fax: (510) 272-6973


How to Become a Permanent Vote-by-Mail Voter

Any voter may request to be a permanent vote-by-mail voter in the following ways:

  1. Complete, print, and mail us this form
    Download Vote By Mail Application - Permanent Status (PDF - 41kb) *

  2. E-mail, fax, or mail us a letter requesting to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter and include your name, home address, the address to which you want the ballot mailed, and your signature.

Once you become a permanent vote-by-mail voter, you will automatically receive a ballot by mail for every election.


How to Return Your Vote by Mail Ballot

By Mail

Alameda County

Registrar of Voters

1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1

Oakland, California 94612


In Person

  1. At the Registrar of Voters office during business hours; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
  2. At any polling place in Alameda County from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Election Day
  3. At any drop-box location: click the link below for locations and hours of operation

Ballot Drop-Off Sites (PDF - 178kb) *

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT...

Remember to sign the back of your return envelope!

graphic of back of vote by mail return envelope

* Portable Document Format (PDF) file requires the free Adobe Reader.

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