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Alameda County, CA,

Vote By Mail

Vote By mail
  • 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

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

  2. 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.

Request One-Time Vote-by-Mail Ballot

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

  1. Apply Online.

    VBM Online Application is Open.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 is the last day to request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the March 7, 2017 City of Hayward, District 4 Special Vote-by-Mail Election.

    March 7, 2017 - City of Berkeley, District 4 Special VBM Election

    2017年3月7日 - 柏克萊市,第4區郵寄投票特別選舉

    Marzo 7, 2017 - Ciudad de Berkeley, Distrito 4, Elección Especial VBM

    Marso 7, 2017 - Lunsod ng Berkeley, Distrito 4, Espesyal na VBM na Halalan

    Ngày 7 Tháng Ba, 2017 - Thành Phố Berkeley, Khu 4 Cuộc Bầu Cử Đặc Biệt Bầu Bằng Thư

  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) 272-6982

Return Your Vote by Mail Ballot

By Mail

Your Vote-by-Mail Ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Registrar of Voters office no later than 3 days after Election Day.

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: See below for locations and hours.


Remember to sign the back of your return envelope!

graphic of back of vote by mail return envelope

Vote by Mail Ballot Drop-Off Sites

photo of ballot drop box

Vote by Mail voters who do not want to mail in their ballots can drop their voted ballots off at any 24-hour location.

Look up drop-off site
nearest to you.

Vote by Mail voters may also drop off their ballots at the Registrar of Voters office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. located at 1225 Fallon Street, Rm. G-1, in Oakland. Map / Directions

car in front of the Drop Stop The Ballot Drop Stop

Busy schedule? No problem!

Drive through and drop off your voted ballot at our Ballot Drop Stop located at 1225 Fallon Street in Oakland.

Directions to the Ballot Drop Stop

woman handing over ballot through car window

The Ballot Drop Stop Hours

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • Sunday, October 30, 2016
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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