Voting on Election Day

Things You Can Expect at the Polls
Election Day is an exciting day for your voice to be heard through your vote. Here are some things you should expect to happen when you go to vote:

  • Refer to the Sample Ballot Booklet which was mailed to you and contains the polling place location on the back cover. You may also find your Polling Place here.
  • Give your full name to the clerk at the table. Sign the roster, and receive an official ballot.
  • Proceed to a voting booth and mark your ballot. When you finish, go to the metal ballot box and insert your ballot into the scanner. Once you do that, you have completed the voting process.

To show your civic participation you can proudly wear an “I Voted” sticker.

Mark Your Ballot
With a black pen, completely fill in the oval corresponding to your voting selection. If you mark your ballot in error, you can request a replacement ballot. The How To Mark Your Ballot document is an example of how to do it.
Voter Bill of Rights

Voter Bill of Rights

  1. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are a valid registered voter.
  2. You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voting rolls.
  3. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are present and in line at the polling place prior to the close of the polls.
  4. You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation.
  5. You have the right to receive a new ballot if, prior to casting your ballot, you believe you made a mistake.
  6. You have the right to receive assistance in casting your ballot, if you are unable to vote without assistance.
  7. You have the right to return a completed vote-by-mail ballot to any precinct in the county.
  8. You have the right to election materials in another language, if there are sufficient residents in your precinct to warrant production.
  9. You have the right to ask questions about election procedures and to observe the elections process.
  10. You have the right to report any illegal or fraudulent activity to a local elections official or to the Secretary of State’s Office.

If you believe you have been denied any of these rights, or if you are aware of any elections fraud or misconduct, please call the Contra Costa Elections Office at (925) 335-7800 or our toll free number 1-877-335-7802

Language Assistance
All election materials are available both in English and Spanish. Chinese and Tagalog versions may be available at some selected precincts. For more information see Language Assistance . If you have any questions or need assistance, contact us by email at or call our office at (925) 335-7800.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) all voters with disabilities have their voting rights protected. We have made every effort to ensure all our polling locations are accessible to all voters.

At the polls, the AutoMark device will mark a ballot and assist with large print, braille, and audio guides. Magnifying devices are also available. Poll workers will assist you at your request.

Every effort is made to make this website accessible to voters with disabilities following State and Federal guidelines. If you have questions or want to report an accessibility issue, send us an email to or call us at (925) 335-7800.

Poll Watchers
An election is an open civic exercise that is viewable to the public while maintaining the privacy of the voter. Observers are allowed to watch the voting procedures at the polls as long as they do not interrupt, disturb, or hinder the voting process.
Voters within 100 feet from the room(s) where the voting is taking place are to be free from any outside interference. This means no one can distribute any campaign materials or solicit votes in this area.

Exit-pollsters may interview voters after voting.