Vote By Mail FAQ
Why do most California voters Vote by Mail? Because it’s safe, accurate, fast and easy. Here’s why:
- Safe. The U.S. Post Office delivers your ballot to the Registrar of Voters.
- Accurate.You can study your ballot at home. Take your time to make your choices and mark your ballot correctly.
- Fast.Vote at home when you want. Then put your ballot in the mailbox. No standing in line on Election Day!
- Easy. We mail your ballot to you and you mail it back to us.
How do I sign up to vote by mail? Fill out an application. (You must be registered to vote in Imperial County.) To get an application:
- Call: (442) 265-1060
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: (442) 265-1062
- Fill out the application on the back cover of your Voter Information Pamphlet, or
- Mail us your request at the address below.
Is there a deadline to apply? Yes! We must receive your application by mail, fax, or e‐mail at least 7 days before the election.
What if I miss the deadline? You must apply in person at the Registrar of Voters’ Office. If you are unable to get to our office, you may authorize someone to take your application for you. We will give you or that person your Vote‐by‐ Mail ballot.
If I sign up to Vote by Mail, will I always have to Vote by Mail? No, not unless you want to. You can apply to Vote by Mail for just one Election. Or you can apply to be a Permanent Vote‐by‐Mail Voter and get your ballot in the mail automatically before every Election.
Can I Vote by Mail before an Election? Yes. We start mailing Vote‐by‐Mail ballots 29 days before the Election. You can vote as soon as you receive your ballot.
How will I get my ballot? We mail Election materials to all Vote‐by‐Mail voters starting 29 days before the Election. You will receive a:
- A return envelope
What if I don’t get my ballot? Call us, and we will send you a replacement ballot.
How do I turn in my Vote‐by‐Mail ballot? Place your ballot in the envelope provided in the packet. Sign the envelope. Then, return your ballot:
- By mail
- In person to the Registrar of Voters’ Office during business hours
- In person to any polling place in Imperial County from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- Prior to Election Day at any City Hall in the County or at Salton Community Services District
Important! Sign your return envelope! If you do not, your ballot will not be counted.
What is the deadline to turn in my ballot? Ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Registered of Voters within three days of the election to be considered timely.
Can I confirm that you received my Vote‐by‐Mail ballot? Yes, contact us at:
Imperial County Registrar of Voters
940 W. Main Street, Suite 206
El Centro, CA 92243-2839
Tel: (442) 265-1060
Fax: (442) 265-1062