Your ballots are in the mail

Californians registered to vote by mail can expect to see their ballots arriving in the coming days.

All California county elections offices must begin mailing ballots to domestic voters last week for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

According to Secretary of State Alex Padilla, “More vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out in California than the populations of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada—combined. The California Presidential Primary may be on Super Tuesday, but for millions of Californians, it is really Super February.”

“There are no shortage of options for returning your vote-by-mail ballot. Every vote-by-mail ballot now comes with a prepaid postage return envelope—so it’s no stamp, no problem. Californians can also return their vote-by-mail ballots at any polling place or vote center. I expect record turnout this year, so I encourage Californians to consider voting early and returning their vote-by-mail ballots ahead of Election Day,” Padilla added.

For the past eight statewide elections in California, a majority of the votes cast were through vote-by-mail ballots.


Tips for Vote-by-Mail Voters:

If you’re not sure of your registration status, visit the Secretary of State’s My Voter Status tool at You can also use this tool to check the status of your vote-by-mail ballot once it has been received by county elections officials.

If you’ve registered to vote by mail, but believe you have not received your ballot, contact your county elections office.


Tips for No Party Preference Voters

In December, county elections offices mailed postcards with presidential primary voting options to every No Party Preference voter who registered to vote-by-mail.

The American Independent, Democratic, and Libertarian parties are allowing No Party Preference voters to participate in their March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Elections.

No Party Preference voters who completed and returned this postcard will receive a vote-by-mail ballot with presidential candidates.

No Party Preference voters who did not return these postcards will receive vote-by-mail ballots without presidential candidates.

Here is what you can do if you receive a vote-by-mail ballot without presidential candidates:

Do not vote that ballot if you want to vote in a presidential primary. If you vote that ballot you cannot receive another.

If you want a replacement ballot with presidential candidates from the American Independent, Democratic, or Libertarian Parties, you can request a replacement ballot from your county elections office by phone, email, or fax.

You can take your ballot into your county elections office, a vote center, or your polling place and exchange it for one with candidates.

If you want to vote for Green, Peace and Freedom, or Republican Party presidential candidates, you will need to re-register with that party and then request a new ballot either from your county office or at a vote center or polling place.