Need-to-Know When Voting by Mail

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    Every registered California voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot with a prepaid postage return envelope for the Nov. 3 general election. Mail-in ballots may be placed in drop boxes, returned to any county elections office or polling place on or before election day. If mailing, the ballot must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3, but the U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing the ballot one week early.

Important Dates:
   Oct. 5: Early voting begins
   Oct. 19: Deadline to register online or by mail (
   Oct. 27: Deadline to request a mail-in ballot
   Nov. 3: Election Day

   To track mail-in ballots, sign up at The location of in-person polling places is printed on the back page of the county Voter Information Guide.

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