Special Circumstances

You may still be able to vote if you fall into some special circumstances.

New Citizens
Persons who become U.S. citizens between the last day to register to vote (15 days before the election) and Election Day, can vote at the Election Office at 555 Escobar St. Martinez, CA 94553.

New citizens must present their Certificate of Naturalization, complete the voter registration form, and be prepared to vote at our office at that time. Call us at (925) 335-7874 for more information.

Inmate Voting
The Elections Office and the Sheriff’s Office are working together to inform persons in custody about their voting rights. If you are detained in the county jail, you may be eligible to vote under certain circumstances.

If you are not registered to vote, contact the Custody Administrative Services staff for a registration form. On Election Day, you will complete a Vote by Mail request form and authorization letter for a member of the Sheriff’s Office to pick up your ballot. Your ballot will be returned by the authorized person in the Sheriff’s Department.

Safe At Home
If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, you may be eligible for this program. Your voter registration information will become confidential with your name and address withdrawn from public and office viewing. A Vote by Mail ballot will be mailed to your mailing address.

To apply for the Safe at Home program, please contact the Secretary of State office at (877) 322-5227 to enroll. You can visit their website for further information.

Voting in Hospitals and Convalescent Centers
If you are a patient at a hospital or at a convalescent home, you can still vote. Forms to request a Vote by Mail ballot are sent to all of the convalescent homes 29 days before the election and sent to hospitals 7 days prior to Election Day.

If you want to receive a Vote by Mail ballot:

  • Ask the facility’s staff about the form to request a vote by mail ballot.
  • Send us an email to voter.services@vote.cccounty.us to request a one-time ballot. Be sure to include your name, date of birth and mailing address where you would like to receive your ballot.
  • You can also call us at (925) 335-7871.