Election Day is an exciting opportunity for your voice to be heard through your vote.
To locate your designated polling place, use the My Voting Information tool or check the back cover of the Voter Information Guide mailed to you. The polls are open from 7am until 8pm.
What to Expect
It helps to come prepared. Bring your Sample Ballot or Voter Information Guide to help you make your selections. Copies are also available at the polls and online.
When you arrive, get in the line that corresponds to the first letter of your last name. When you get to the table, give your full name to the poll worker. Sign the roster to receive your ballot.
Proceed to a voting booth and mark your ballot. When you finish, insert your ballot into the scanner. That’s it! Make sure to take your “I Voted” sticker and wear it proudly.
If your name does not appear on the roster, you have the right to cast a provisional ballot.
Provisional ballots are a safeguard to ensure all eligible voters are able to cast a ballot. You receive the same ballot, but instead of being counted immediately a ballot cast provisionally is put in an envelope and reviewed at our office to verify eligibility before being counted.
Your name may not appear on the roster for a number of reasons, including if you were already issued a vote-by-mail ballot or if you are not at your assigned polling place. Our office reviews 100% of provisional ballots cast. Prior to 2020, approximately 85% of those ballots were found eligible and counted. Of the provisional ballots that were not counted, the most common reason was that the voter was not registered.
Starting in 2020, you can register on Election Day through the provisional process. Our office will use the information on the provisional envelope to register you and then count your ballot. There are two reasons your ballot would not be counted: 1) you already cast a ballot in that election, or 2) your envelope does not provide sufficient information to complete your registration.
If you cast a provisional ballot, retain your provisional reference number to find out if your ballot was counted. Provisional ballot status will be updated and available 30-40 days after the election. If you have lost your receipt, please call (925) 335-7800 for assistance.
Each polling place has an accessible ballot marking device with features to assist voters in reading and marking a ballot independently. Poll workers will assist you at your request and can also facilitate curbside voting.
The ballot is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Language tools in Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese are also available at polling places.