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How to Vote by Mail in L.A. County

Check Your Material

Your Vote By Mail package consists of:

  • Vote By Mail Instructions
  • Official Ballot Card
  • Ballot Return Envelope
  • Write-in Ballot & Secrecy Sleeve

Marking Your Choices on Your Ballot

  • Use only black or blue ink pen to mark your choices on your ballot.
  • Fill the entire oval under the number matching your choice.
  • Do not vote for more choices than indicated.
  • Do not punch a hole through the ballot card.

Voting for a Qualified "Write-In" Candidate

Voter-Nominated offices are not allowed to have write-in candidates in the General Election.

  • Only write-in votes for a qualified write-in candidate will be counted (list available here).
  • To cast a write-in vote, write the candidate’s office then name in the space on the inside of the Write-In Ballot & Secrecy Sleeve.
  • Do not write in a candidate's name and also fill in a voting position on the Official Ballot Card.

Returning Your Voted Ballot

  • Remove ballot stub from Official Ballot Card and place in the Write-In Ballot and Secrecy Sleeve.
  • Place ballot in Ballot Return Envelope and print your residence address.
  • The returned postage required for a Vote by Mail ballot is a single first-class stamp.
  • Sign the back of the Ballot Return Envelope. If you don't sign it, it doesn't count.
  • Voted ballots must be received by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
  • Due to post office closures, mail delivery may be delayed. Be sure to mail back your ballot early.
  • Please note Vote by Mail ballots postmarked by Election Day will be counted if received within three days by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (California Senate Bill 29).

Misplaced or Damaged Your Ballot?

  • Mark your choice(s) using the page(s) in your Official Sample Ballot. Insert them into the Ballot Return Envelope.
  • Call (562) 466-1323 or (800) 815-2666 to request a replacement ballot before Election Day.
  • Vote in person at RR/CC Norwalk office: 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650
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