Not everyone can make it to the polls on Election Day, which is why you have the ability to vote early both in person and by mail.
Vote Early By Mail
Voting by mail gives you flexibility in casting and returning your ballot. It’s simple too. Ballots are mailed 29 days before Election Day along with voting instructions and information on how to return your ballot. Place your marked ballot in the return envelope and seal it. Be sure to sign the addressed return envelope. Without a signature the ballot cannot be counted.
Become A Vote-By-Mail Voter
You can become a permanent vote-by-mail voter and have a ballot mailed to you before every election. To become a permanent vote-by-mail voter:
- Complete the Online Registration Form and select “Yes” in the vote-by-mail box; or
- Make a written request to our office to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter and include your name, date of birth, address, mailing address, and signature.
Prior to an election you can request a one-time vote-by-mail ballot by:
- Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, date of birth, address, and mailing address if different from your residence; or
- Completing the vote-by-mail request form in the back of your Voter Information Guide.
Return Your Ballot
You have choices when returning your ballot. You can return your vote-by-mail ballot by:
- Mailing it prior to Election Day. The ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within three days of the election.
- Delivering it to any of the ballot drop off locations.
- Dropping it off at any polling place. within the county on Election Day.
Track Your Vote-By-Mail Ballot
You can confirm if our office has issued or received your ballot by using our My Voting Information tool.
Damaged Or Lost Ballots
If your ballot is damaged or lost, email email@example.com or call (925) 335-7800 to request a replacement.
Mandatory Vote-By-Mail Voters
If you live in a precinct with less than 250 voters, you will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot and a postage paid envelope in which to return your ballot.
Military And Overseas Voters
You have expanded options to vote by mail if you are away from home because you are a member of the military, a military dependent stationed outside Contra Costa County, or a citizen living outside the United States.
A vote-by-mail ballot will be mailed to you as a military and overseas voter, 45 to 60 days before Election Day. You can confirm if your vote-by-mail ballot was issued or whether it has been received by our office through the My Voting Information tool.
As a military and overseas voter, you can also request a ballot be sent via email. Prior to the election, you will receive an email with instructions to access the Voting Away From Home portal, answer a few questions, and download their ballot. Ballots can be returned by mail to the Election Office or by fax to (925)335-7843.
Cancel Your Vote-By-Mail Status
If you are a permanent vote-by-mail voter and no longer wish to receive a ballot by mail for each election, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (925) 335-7800 and state that you no longer want to be a vote-by-mail voter.
Vote Early In Person
Contra Costa County has seven Regional Early Voting sites that give you flexibility in casting your ballot. Early voting sites are open a week prior to an election. Find a Regional Early Voting site near you.
What to Expect
Just like Election Day, it helps to come prepared. Bring your sample ballot or Voter Information Guide to help you make your selections.
When you arrive, give your full name to the staff at the sign in table. No matter where you are in the county, you will receive an official ballot for your residence address.
Proceed to a voting booth and mark your ballot. Each Early Voting site has an accessible ballot-marking device. When you finish, seal and sign the envelope and place it in the ballot box. That’s it! Make sure to take your “I Voted” sticker and wear it proudly.