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A Note From The Registrar Of Voters

Image of the Registar of Voters, Courtney Bailey-Kanelos.

Dear Sacramento County Voter,
As public servants of Sacramento County, my staff and I strive to conduct accurate, transparent, and fair elections. With the emergence of COVID-19, we have been working with our local health officials and community partners to ensure our elections are safe. We do not want any voter to have to choose between their health and participating in the November 3, 2020, Presidential General Election, which is expected to be the largest election in Sacramento County history. 

Vote by Mail

All registered voters in Sacramento County will receive their official ballot in the mail during the first week of October. We encourage all voters to vote the ballot that is mailed to them. Information on our Accessible Vote by Mail option is available on our website​. Please contact our office if you need a replacement ballot mailed to you. You can return your voted ballot at any Ballot Drop Box, Vote Center, or mail it back - no stamp needed! Remember to sign your pink return envelope before turning in your ballot.  ​

Voting In-Person – expect lines! 

Sacramento County will still be providing the same number of in-person voting locations, called Vote Centers​, that will be open for multiple days leading up to the election. However, due to social distancing requirements, we will be limiting the amount of people allowed in the voting area at one time. This may lead to long lines for voters, especially on Election Day. Please be prepared:

  • Social distancing will be enforced at all Vote Centers (6 feet of clear space)

  • Voters should wear a clean face-covering when visiting the Vote Center 

  • Gloves, hand sanitizer, masks, and one-time use pens will be made available to all voters

  • Staff working at the Vote Centers will be wearing masks and gloves; plastic barriers will also be set-up to ensure protection while voters are checking-in

  • Voters are encouraged to bring their County Voter Information Guide or a piece of mail that contains the voter’s residence address to help expedite the check-in process

  • All Accessible Ballot Marking Devices and voting booths will be sanitized after every voter

  • Please also remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring appropriate items for standing in line during uncertain weather (umbrellas, sunglasses, jackets, snacks, water, etc), and any assistive devices like canes or walkers.

  • If you have a disability or need assistance while visiting a Vote Center, please let a staff member know. ​

​If at all possible, PLEASE vote early. Early ballots are counted first! 

Our goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and a healthy voting experience for our voters and staff. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office for more information, questions, or concerns.


Courtney Bailey-Kanelos
Registrar of Voters

Department Mission Statement


  • Registering voters and maintaining current and accurate voter files.
  • Conducting Federal, State, County and City elections within Sacramento County.
  • Checking the adequacy and certification of recall, referendum, and initiative petitions.
  • Administering the local provisions of campaign reporting and financing.
  • Reviewing, analyzing and monitoring the impact of legislation on the election process.

Our Mission

  • Provide the opportunity and the means for participation in the election process;
  • Be effective, efficient and responsive to customer needs through continuous improvement;
  • Achieve open communication through teamwork and a spirit of goodwill;
  • Support educational and training opportunities to produce quality work;
  • Ensure legal requirements are met and applied consistently;
  • Work together to pursue and achieve excellence.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Responsibility
  • Accuracy
  • Efficiency
  • Respect for all
  • Ethical conduct
  • Commitment to Customer Service