For Immediate Release
May 7, 2018
SOS Press Office
SACRAMENTO – California voters who choose to vote by mail can expect to see their ballots begin arriving in the coming days. May 7 marks the beginning of the vote-by-mail period for California’s June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election.
“Voting by mail has become increasingly popular in California,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “The convenience of voting by mail allows millions of Californians to fill out their ballots at home and save a trip to the polls on Election Day. Ballots will be arriving in voters’ mailboxes in the coming days. Now is the time for Californians to remind themselves of the rules for voting by mail. The Secretary of State’s has released a new video to help Californians cast their vote-by-mail ballots.”
For the past six statewide elections in California, a majority of the votes cast were through vote-by-mail ballots. Click here to view historical California vote-by-mail statistics.
Tips for Vote-by-Mail Voters:
County elections officials began mailing ballots to military and overseas voters on April 6, 2018.
NOTE: The Secretary of State’s office does not issue, receive, or count ballots. Elections officials in each of California’s 58 counties print, process, and count ballots.
Election Changes in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo Counties
Every registered voter in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot. This is part of the Voter’s Choice Act, which has been adopted by these five counties. Voters in these counties will be able to return their ballot via mail or at any ballot drop box located in their county. Voters in these counties will also have the option to vote in person at any vote center. Vote centers will be open for 11 days up to and including Election Day. Voters who lose their ballots or make a mistake while marking their ballot can receive a new replacement ballot at any vote center in their county.