Vote By Mail Ballot


All active registered voters will receive a vote by mail ballot for all elections. Voted ballots must be received by the Elections Department by 8:00 on Election Day or postmarked by Election Day and received in our office within 7 days following Election Day in order to be counted. The vote by mail ballot envelope must be signed by the voter in order to be counted . The signature is verified on every ballot envelope received by the Elections Department. If a signature doe  not match or is missing from the envelope, the voter is notified and has until 2 days prior to certification to correct their signature.

Returning Your Vote by Mail Ballot You may return your vote by mail ballot by mail; by bringing it into the Elections Department; at one of our six Drop Boxes; OR by dropping it off at any Tehama County polling place on Election Day. If you are unable to return your ballot yourself, you may have someone deliver the ballot for you. The voted ballot must be returned to one of the above locations no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day or postmarked by Election Day and received within 7 days following the Election in order to be counted.  Be sure to sign your ballot envelope or we cannot count your ballot.

The Elections Department will begin mailing out requested vote by mail ballots 29 days before the election and continuing until the 7th day prior to the election. A voter may come into the office and pick up their ballot starting on this 29th day. We will accept voted ballots beginning that day.

Frequently Asked Questions Q-What if I make a mistake on my vote by mail ballot? A- If you make a mistake on your ballot, or if it is lost or destroyed, please call the Election Department for instructions on how to obtain a second ballot.
Q-If I mailed my ballot but am not sure it will make it to you by Election Day…can I still Vote? A-Yes, you can vote a ‘provisional’ ballot. Call the Elections Department for more details.
Q-Do I have to request a vote by mail ballot every time? A-You must request a vote by mail ballot every time you want to vote by mail unless you have requested and qualify for ‘permanent’ absentee status. Call the Election Department for more details.

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