Can I vote by mail in the state of California?

In the state of California, any registered voter can vote by mail. Additionally, some voting precincts with less than 250 voters may be required to vote by mail. You can vote by mail in three ways. First, you can apply to vote by mail in writing to your county elections office. Second, you can fill out the vote-by-mail ballot application that you should have received along with your sample ballot after you registered to vote. Finally, you can download and complete a vote-by-mail ballot application from the website of the California Secretary of State office. Vote-by-mail ballots must be requested at least seven days before an election, or by October 27, 2009 for the November 3, 2009 election, and the appropriate election official or precinct board in your jurisdiction must receive the vote-by-mail ballot no later than 8:00 p.m., prior to the closing of the polls on the date of the election. 

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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