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Where's My Ballot? - Ballot Tracking

  • Track your Vote by Mail ballot—when it is mailed, received, and counted! Sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot. More information can be found at Where's My Ballot? - Ballot Tracking.

Overview

  • Every active, registered voter in California will be mailed an official ballot prior to each election (pursuant to California Assembly Bill No. 37, signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 27, 2021).
  • Official ballots will start going out in the mail 29 days before each election.
  • Voters also have the option to vote in person at Vote Centers, beginning 10 days before Election Day in major elections. View the list of Vote Centers for the latest/current/upcoming election.

Please visit our Uniformed and Overseas Citizens page for voting information for:

  • American citizens who are in the military (and/or eligible spouses/dependents)
  • American citizizens residing abroad (either temporarily or indefinitely)

Where's My Ballot? - Ballot Tracking

Tracking your Vote by Mail ballot—when it is mailed, received, and counted—has never been easier. Sonoma County voters can now track and receive notifications on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot. Powered by BallotTrax, Where’s My Ballot? lets voters know where their ballot is, and its status, every step of the way.

Sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, SMS (text), or voice call notifications about your ballot.  

Voters who sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?” will receive automatic updates when:

  • The county elections office mails the voter’s ballot
  • The county has received the voter’s ballot
  • The county has counted the voter’s ballot
  • If there are any issues with the voter’s ballot
Voters who sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?” will also receive communications from their county elections office about important election deadlines and critical updates such as polling place changes.

Deadline for Requesting a Replacement Vote by Mail Ballot

Did your Vote by Mail ballot never arrive? Did you lose it? did your pet tear it up? The last day to request a replacement Vote by Mail ballot be mailed to you is 7 days prior to an election, after which replacement Vote by Mail ballots are available only by applying in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or a Vote Center.

Video - Voting and Returning a Vote by Mail Ballot

Voting a Vote by Mail Ballot

Voting Your Ballot

  • It is important to know how to properly mark your ballot. Carefully read your ballot, as it will tell you how many votes you may cast for each contest. Ballot reading machines “see” the marks you make and record your votes
  • Use a blue or black pen only – no other colored ink or pencils!
  • Marking more voting spaces than allowed is called an “overvote,” and none of your votes for that contest will be counted. Conversely, if you mark fewer voting spaces than allowed, it is an “undervote”. However all votes for that contest will be counted
  • You are not required to vote on every contest on your ballot
  • Do not sign or initial the ballot(s), make any stray marks, or attempt to erase/change a vote. If you make a mistake, contact the Registrar of Voters Office for Instructions

After Voting Your Ballot

  1. Insert the voted ballot(s) into the blue Vote by Mail envelope
  2. Sign and date the Oath under the security flap on the envelope
    All signatures on Vote by Mail ballots are verified; your ballot will not be counted if you do not sign the Oath 

Returning a Vote by Mail Ballot

Vote by Mail ballots may be returned:

  • To the Registrar of Voters Office by mail 
    • Important: Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked before or on Election Day and delivered to the Registrar of Voters office via USPS or a bona fide private mail delivery company no later than 7 days after Election Day.
  • In person to the Registrar of Voters office, or any in-person voting location in Sonoma County on Election Day no later than 8:00 PM
  • To one of our 24-hour Official Ballot Drop Boxes up to 8 p.m. on Election Day. View the list of Official Ballot Drop Boxes for the latest/current/upcoming election.

Important InformationNote: All ballots must be returned in the blue Vote by Mail envelope that has been signed and dated by the voter. By law, the signature on the envelope must be verified against the signature on the voter’s registration card. You may sign your name in pen or pencil. 

If you are unable to personally return your Vote by Mail ballot, you may authorize any person to return your blue Vote by Mail envelope.

In Person Voting Options

Vote by Mail voters may vote in person at the Registrar of Voters Office starting 29 days before Election Day, or at a Vote Center during the early voting period or on Election Day.

To find a Vote Center near you, take a look at our list and/or map of Vote Centers for the latest/current/upcoming election.

Emergency Vote by Mail Ballots

If in the final 7 days before Election Day a voter finds they are unable to vote in person due to illness or disability resulting from confinement to a hospital or nursing home, or if a voter is confined to their home, or otherwise absent from their voting precinct on Election Day, a voter may request an Emergency Vote by Mail Ballot.  The voter must make request in writing, signed under penalty of perjury, authorizing a representative to pick up the voter’s ballot, and return the ballot to the voter.  The voter’s authorized representative will receive the voter’s ballot after presenting the signed statement to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office at 435 Fiscal Drive in Santa Rosa, during normal business hours of 8a.m.-5p.m., Pacific Time.

The voter shall mark the ballot, place it in the identification envelope, fill out and sign the envelope and return the ballot, personally or through an authorized representative, to the Registrar of Voters Office or to any Vote Center within Sonoma County before the close of the polls.

If you have questions about Emergency Vote by Mail Ballots, contact our office at (707) 565-6800, or email rov-absentee@sonoma-county.org.

Signature Missing or Mismatched

Signature Missing

If you did not sign your envelope, we cannot count your ballot without your signature. You should receive an Unsigned Ballot Statement in the mail. You may complete the statement and return it in the envelope provided, or come into the Registrar of Voters office and sign your ballot envelope. Read the instructions carefully before completing the statement. Failure to follow the instructions may cause your ballot not to be counted. 

ImportantYou must complete and return the form according to the instructions in order to have your ballot counted. If you did not receive, or have lost your Unsigned Ballot Statement, print this form, sign it, and return it according to the instructions, or call our office. Unsigned Ballot Form (PDF)

Signature Mismatch

If the signature on your Vote by Mail envelope does not match the signature on file with the Registrar of Voters office, you should receive Signature Verification Statement in the mail. You may complete the statement and return it in the envelope provided, or come into the Registrar of Voters office and verify your signature. Read the instructions carefully before completing the statement. Failure to follow the instructions may cause your ballot not to be counted.

ImportantYou must  complete and return the form according to the instructions in order to have your ballot counted. If you did not receive, or have lost your Signature Verification Statement, print this form, sign it, and return it according to the instructions, or call our office. Ballot Signature Verification Form (PDF)