How to Vote by Mail in California

How to Vote by Mail in California

Election officials work hard to maintain the integrity, security, and privacy of elections in California. If you vote by mail, have you ever wondered what happens to your ballot when you send it in? Returned ballots are received at the Elections Office where they are processed and counted. Each voter’s ballot envelope has a unique barcode that gives you credit for voting. This ensures that each voter can only vote once. Every signed ballot envelope is compared to signatures on file for the voter in our database. If your signature matches, your ballot moves on to the next step. The two most common reasons the ballot envelope is challenged are the envelope isn’t signed or the signature doesn’t match the voter’s record. You can check the status of your ballot at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov When voter signatures are verified, ballot envelopes are opened and the ballot is removed, unfolded, and prepared for processing through scanners which total up the votes. Results are tabulated and released after the polls close on election night. When you vote by mail, you can be assured that your vote counts and that your ballot is both
secure and private. If you have any questions, visit voterstatus.sos.ca.gov or contact your county’s election office.

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