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All registered voters will get a ballot in the mail in early October – no need to apply for one.  There will be no neighborhood polling places in Alameda County. Instead, there will be 100 accessible vote centers, open from Saturday, October 31, through Election Day, November 3, and 66 ballot drop boxes at locations throughout the County starting Oct. 5.  Find out where they are at  or call  510-272-6973.

Voting by Mail?

Return your ballot early – at least one week before Election Day –  so that your votes are included in  the Registrar of Voters’ Election NIght Results Report at 8:00 p.m.

  • Important:  make sure to register  to vote at your current address so you get your ballot in the mail. Register at
  • Check your voter registration status to make sure your address is up-to-date at
  • Register to vote well before the October 19th deadline to make sure you have time to correct any problems with your registration and get your ballot before November 3.
  • Use a ballpoint pen with black ink. Completely fill in the voting ovals next to your selections for candidates and  measures on the ballot. 
  • Sign your name in the signature box on your ballot envelope.  Has your signature changed over time?  Re-register to vote and update your signature.
  • Sign your OWN ballot envelope.  Attention voters who live in the same household: Sign YOUR Ballot envelope with YOUR name on it.  
  • If you lose, damage or don’t receive your ballot, call the Registrar’s Office at 510-272-6973 or go to jor a vote center and ask for a new ballot.
  • By Mail – mailing is free. No postage necessary. Must be postmarked by November 3.
  • In Person – Return your ballot to the Registrar of Voters’ Office, 1225 Fallon St. Oakland CA  94612 or to any ballot drop box or Vote Center in the County by 8:00 p.m. Nov. 3.  
  • Unable to return your ballot? You can give it to someone you trust to return it for you. That person must sign in a special box on your ballot envelope.

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