Military and Citizens Overseas Vote By Mail Ballot

Military personnel outside the county and citizens outside the country may request a Vote by Mail ballot. You can verify your voting status and address on our Voter Registration Lookup.

Receiving or Returning Your Ballot
Military and Overseas voters will be mailed their Vote by Mail (VBM) ballots by mail between 45 to 60 days prior to Election Day. If your first choice was to receive your ballot by email or fax, you will also receive your ballot in the manner you specified. Return your VBM ballot early. It must be received by the Election Office no later than 8:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Election Day. The postmark on the envelope does not matter.

To receive a ballot:

  • If you requested to receive your VBM ballot via email, your email will direct you to the Voting Away from Home Lookup to download your ballot.
  • If you prefer, you can get your VBM ballot by fax or mail.
  • If you have not received your ballot, you can use the Voting Away from Home lookup to download your ballot.

To request to receive your ballot by email send us your request in writing. Your request must contain your full name, email address and it must have your signature.

To return a ballot:

  • By fax: 00-1-925-335-7843.
  • By mail:
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY CLERK
    ELECTIONS DIVISION
    P.O. Box 271
    Martinez, CA 94553.
  • Whether you return your ballot by mail or by fax to our office, it must arrive no later than 8:00 p.m. (P.S.T.) on Election Day.
  • The ballot can only be returned by mail or fax. California law does not allow voted ballots to be returned via email.
Status of My Vote by Mail Ballot
You can check to see if your Vote by Mail ballot was issued and whether it has been received by our office by going to the Vote by Mail Lookup.
Voting Away From Home
The military, their dependents, and citizens overseas can get their ballots online. If you want to download your ballot, follow the prompts on the Voting Away from Home Lookup.