Vote by Mail and Official Ballot Drop Boxes

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All Voters Mailed a Vote by Mail Ballot​​

Every voter in Sacramento County will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot for each election they are qualified to vote in. Voting in person is also available to registered voters of Sacramento County at the Voter Registration and Elections Office beginning 29 days before ea​​ch election or at a Vote Center beginning 10 days before and through Election Day.  Voting in-person before Election Day.​

The ballot will come in an envelope that looks like this: 


Inside the ballot packet, you will find:

Delivery of the mailed ballot depends on your local mail service.  Where’s My Ballot?​, a free ballot tracking and alert system, is available to voters who wish to track the status of their Vote by Mail ballots - from printed to accepted.  If you do not receive your ballot within the  29 days before Election Day, if you make a mistake on your ballot, or if you need a replacement, you may:

  • Call (916) 875-6155 

  • Email us at vbm@saccounty.gov

  • Go to a Vote Center on or before Election Day

  • Access Remote Accessible Vote by Mail (RAVBM) through My Voter Portal 


Voting by Mail is Easy!

  1. Vote your ballot by filling in the oval next to your choice.

  2. Put your voted ballot inside the pink postage-paid return envelope.

  3. Sign and date the return envelope between the hole punches.  Important: In order for your ballot to count, we must match your signature on the return envelope with the signature in your voter registration record.​

  4. Seal the envelope. No postage is necessary.

  5. Return the ballot by mail or at any Official Vote by Mail Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center​ in Sacramento County. ​



Return Your Ballot
Don't delay! Once you vote your ballot and properly sign the envelope, you need to return it on time.  Here's how:

  • Drop it off in the mail! It can only be accepted if it is postmarked on or before Election Day and received by our office within seven​ (7) days after Election Day
  • Drop it off at any Official Ballot Drop Box location
  • Drop it off at any Vote Center​ 
You’ve returned your voted ballot. What happens to it now? View this video to find out!​​

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Curious on how Vote Centers and Ballot Drop Boxes are selected?  Visit the Suggest a Vote Center or Official Ballot Drop Off Location​​ page for more information or to suggest a Vote Center or Official Ballot Drop Box location in your community. 

Authorization for Mail Ballot Pick Up

If you need a replacement ballot and are unable to pick it up yourself, you may request in a written statement, signed under penalty of perjury, that a ballot may be picked up by your authorized representative.  They may receive your ballot after presenting it at any Vote Center​ or the Voter Registration and Elections Department.  Your authorized representative must sign the statement upon receipt of your ballot and certify that they will deliver it to you.  

For caregivers that may need to pick up and deliver a ballot to more than one voter, please refer to our guide "Helping Your Patient Vote: Guidance for Clinicians and Coordinators"​ which educates carers about important election deadlines and how to help those in their care register to vote, obtain a mail or accessible ballot, and cast their ballot.