When will I receive my ballot in the mail?
Ballots will be mailed out on October 5th. If you have signed up for BallotTrax/Where's My Ballot, you will receive notification when your ballot is mailed. To sign up to receive those notifications, visit WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov.
Will everyone receive a ballot in the mail for the November election?
All active, registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail. People who are not registered or whose registration is inactive due to a need for address confirmation will NOT receive a ballot. If you need to register, you can do so at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. If you want to check your registration status, you can do so at VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov.
How can I return my Vote-by-Mail ballot?
You can return your ballot by mailing it, by using a secure 24/7 ballot drop box, or by dropping it off at any in-person voting location while they are open. The list of ballot drop boxes and in-person voting locations can be found at sonomacounty.ca.gov/where-to-vote. Ballot drop boxes are picked up by Registrar of Voters frequently.
I do not want to vote by mail. Can I vote in person?
Yes. We will have 30 in-person voting locations, open for 4 days. They will be open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday (10/31), Sunday (11/1) and Monday (11/2), and from 7am to 8pm on Election Day (Tuesday, 11/3). We recommend you vote early to avoid lines. This year, any voter can vote at any in-person voting location.
Is voting by mail safe?
Yes. California has a long history of successfully voting by mail, and over 80% of Sonoma County residents already choose to permanently vote by mail. There are a lot of security processes and procedures in place to ensure that only registered voters cast a vote, and that each person can only vote once.
I am worried that the USPS will not deliver my ballot. What should I do?
If you don't want to mail your ballot, you can drop it off at any of our secure 24/7 ballot drop boxes. If you choose to mail your ballot, you can sign up to track it to ensure that it is received and counted at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov. As long as the ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day, we will accept it if it arrives in our office up to 17 days after the election.
I am worried about my signature being accepted on the Vote-by-Mail ballot. What should I do?
The signature on your envelope will be matched to the signature on your latest voter registration, as well as being compared to all previous signatures on file. If you are in doubt about how you signed most recently, you can sign the signature on your Driver's License, as we likely have that signature on file. You can also re-register at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. Re-registering will update your signature with the one on your Driver's License or we will mail you a form to sign. If your signature does not match, our office will mail you a letter giving you the opportunity to correct your signature so your ballot can be counted.
How do I sign up to help with the election?
We have fully staffed all polling locations for the November election. If you would like to be added to the list of back up poll workers, please email ROV-POLLS@sonoma-county.org. Please note that backups may be called as late as Election morning, and should be available to fill in at the last minute if necessary. You can find more information about applying and volunteering as a poll worker on our Poll Worker Information website.
I want to receive a ballot in the mail? How do I sign up?
There is no need to sign up to receive a ballot in the mail for the November election. All active registered voters will be sent a ballot in the mail.
I want my ballot to be in the Election Night results. When do I have to have it turned in?
If we receive your ballot by October 29th, it will be included in the Election Night results. If you turn your ballot in after that date, we may be able to process it before Election Day, but cannot guarantee that.
If I drop my Vote by Mail ballot off at a polling location on Election Day, will it be included in the results released on Election Night?
No. Vote by Mail ballots take time to process, and any VBM received by our office on Election Day will not be processed or counted until after the election.