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 go to the check-in table and 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 ballot box. 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. Our office reviews 100% of provisional ballots cast.
Your name may not appear on the roster for a number of reasons, but the most common reason is because you are not currently registered to vote in Contra Costa County.
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. Approximately 85% of provisional ballots are found eligible and counted. Of those that were not eligible to be counted, the most common reason was that the voter was not a county resident.
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 available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Language tools in Hindi, Korean, Laotian, Nepali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, and Vietnamese are also available at polling places.