What Californians need to know about mail-in voting, casting your ballot in-person this November

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- When it comes to casting your ballot, some things are different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here's how it works:

  • All registered voters in California will be mailed a ballot. (Three Bay area counties, Napa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara, were already doing this).
  • Ballots will go out around the first week of October.
  • All vote by mail ballots in California come with prepaid postage.
  • You can return your ballot at any time up to and including Election Day, November 3.
  • The envelope must be sealed, signed, and dated.
  • It can be turned into your county election's office, a ballot drop box, a vote center, or any polling place.
  • If you're mailing it back, there's more time this year for it to arrive, because of concerns about the U.S. Postal Service.
  • A ballot with a postmark no later than November 3 can be received as late as November 20 and it will still count.
  • You can track your ballot online, through the Secretary of State's website.


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On Election Day you can vote in person.

Voting stations will be set up six feet apart.

You should wear a mask, but you won't be refused your right to vote if you don't wear one.

To see Governor Newsom's executive order on mail-in voting click here.

Go here for answers to frequently asked questions about mail-in voting.

Want to track your ballot? Click here.

You can register to vote here.
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