Election Information: Vote-by-Mail

Vote-by-Mail Ballots

Any registered voter may vote by mail. Voters may request a vote-by-mail ballot by completing the request form from the back of their sample ballot and mailing it to the Registrar of Voters. It is not necessary to wait for your sample ballot to request a vote-by-mail ballot. You may send a card or letter to the Registrar of Voters requesting vote-by-mail ballot. Your request must state your name, residence address in Alameda County, the address to which the ballot is to be mailed (if different than your residence) and your signature. A vote-by-mail ballot application can also be downloaded from the Registrar of Voters Absentee Voting Web Page: http://www.acgov.org/rov/votebymail.htm 

Vote-by-mail ballot requests and applications should be mailed to:

Registrar of Voters
PO Box 24224
Oakland, CA 94623

You may also fax your request or application to (510) 272-6982.

The Registrar of Voters is precluded by law from sending a Vote-by-Mail Ballot based on a telephone request.  You must request an Vote-by-Mail Ballot in writing.  Written requests, by mail or fax, must be received by the Registrar no later than seven days before an election and must contain a signature. Postmarks are not accepted.

Voters may also cast vote-by-mail ballots in person in the office of the Registrar of Voters during the absentee voting period. The vote-by-mail voting period begins twenty-nine days before an election and extends until the close of polls on election day. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office is open until 8:00 p.m. on election days.

Language Assistance

Pursuant to the Federal Voting Rights Act all Alameda County registration and sample ballot information is available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese as well as English. To speak to a voter outreach worker please call (510) 272-6948. For assistance in Cantonese please call (510) 208-9665. For assistance in Spanish please call (510) 272-6975.