Due to the pandemic, all Californians with active voter registrations will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Elections offices will send out vote-by-mail ballots by October 5. Confirm your registration to make sure elections officials have your current mailing address and language preference.

You can also vote in person in all Southern California counties. Below is a summary of your options to cast a ballot this November. Find more information below about your county.

Option One: Cast Your Vote-by-Mail Ballot

Casting your vote-by-mail ballot will allow you to vote safely and will reduce crowding at polling locations or vote centers for individuals who need to or prefer to vote in-person. You can return a completed vote-by-mail ballot on or before Election Day by:

  • Mailing it to your local elections office. Mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 3, 2020. There is no postage required to return a vote-by-mail ballot.
  • Dropping it off at your local elections office or at any ballot drop box, polling place, or vote center.

Vote-by-mail is a safe and secure option. Remember to sign your vote-by-mail envelope. You can track your vote-by-mail ballot to make sure it’s counted.

Option Two: Vote In-Person

You can vote in person at your local polling place, vote center, or county elections office. Your polling place or nearest vote center will be listed on the sample ballot you receive in the mail and on your county elections office’s website. Check with your county elections office to see if they will offer curbside voting, voting appointments, or other voting options.

  • Polling Place. If you are registered to vote in:
    • Kern County, you will have a designated polling place so you can vote in your neighborhood. On Election Day, polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Santa Barbara County, you will have a designated polling place so you can vote in your neighborhood. Polling places will be open at least three days before and on Election Day (Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2020). On Election Day, polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura County, you can vote at any polling place in your county. Polling places will be open at least three days before and on Election Day (Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2020). On Election Day, polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Vote Center. If you are registered to vote in Los Angeles or Orange County, you can vote in person at any vote center in your county. Vote centers will be open at least 4 days before and on Election Day (Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2020). On Election Day, all vote centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • County Elections Office. Each county has an office for elections where you can vote early or on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You can also call your county elections office to find out where to vote.

VOTING OPTIONS BY SOCAL COUNTY

In California, you can always vote-by-mail by Election Day. If you decide to vote in-person or drop-off your ballot, you have options. Select your Southern California county of residence to learn more:

Kern County 

  • Polling Place. Kern County will use traditional polling locations this November. This means that if you need to or decide to vote in person, you will have an assigned polling location. Remember, you can also cast a vote-by-mail ballot. Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Confirm your assigned polling location.
  • Ballot Drop-Box. Check back on the county’s website for a final list of secure Ballot Drop-Box locations.

Los Angeles County

  • Vote Center. Los Angeles County uses a Vote Center model for its elections. You can vote in person, drop off your ballot, get a replacement ballot, vote using an accessible machine, get assistance in multiple languages, and register to vote at any Vote Center. Some Vote Centers will be available for early voting beginning October 24, and the rest will be available beginning October 30. Vote Centers will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the early voting period. On Election Day, Vote Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Ballot Drop-Box. Los Angeles will offer 300 Ballot Drop-Boxes.

A list of Vote Center and Ballot Drop-Box locations will be sent to you in election materials. See a list of these locations as they are updated. If you need to use a temporary mailing address to receive your vote-by-mail ballot, you can make that request.

Orange County

  • Vote Center. Orange County uses a Vote Center model. You can vote in person, drop off your ballot, get a replacement ballot, vote using an accessible machine, get assistance in multiple languages, and register to vote at any Vote Center. Vote Centers will be available for early voting beginning October 30. On Election Day, Vote Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Ballot Drop-Box. Orange County will offer more than 110 secure Drop Boxes.

See a list of these Vote Center and Ballot Drop-Off locations as they are updated.

Riverside County 

  • Polling Place. Riverside County will use a polling location model this November. There will be at least 120 polling locations (called “Voter Assistance Centers”). Voters will be able to vote in-person or drop-off a ballot at any of these locations starting October 31. On Election Day, polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Ballot Drop-Box. There will be 80 secure Ballot Drop-Off locations available beginning October 5. 

See the final list of polling locations and Ballot Drop-Off locations as they are updated.

San Bernardino County 

  • Polling Place. San Bernardino County will use a polling location model this November. There will be 210 polling locations. Voters will receive a polling “assignment” printed on the back of their Voter Information Guide, but they will be able to vote in-person or drop-off a ballot at any of the County’s 210 polling locations. A select number of locations will be available for early voting beginning October 26, and the rest will be available beginning October 31. Polling locations will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the early voting period. On Election Day, polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Ballot Drop-Box. San Bernardino County plans to have 70 secure Ballot Drop-off locations available beginning October 6.

See the final list of polling locations and Ballot Drop-Off locations as they are updated.

San Luis Obispo County (Polling locations; vote-by-mail; drop-box)

  • Polling Place. San Luis Obispo County will use a polling location model this November. There will be 23 polling locations (called “Voter Service Centers”). Voters will be able to vote in-person or drop-off a ballot at any of these locations starting October 31. Polling locations will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the early voting period. On Election Day, polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Ballot Drop-Box. There will be 19 secure Ballot Drop-Box locations available beginning October 5.

Find a map and final list of consolidated polling locations and Ballot Drop-Off locations.

Santa Barbara County (Polling locations; vote-by-mail; drop-box)

  • Polling Place. Santa Barbara County will use a polling location model this November. There will be 36 polling locations. Voters will be assigned to a polling location which will be printed on the back of their Voter Information Guide. If you plan to vote in person but cannot go to your assigned polling location, you may vote at any polling location using an ICX ballot marking device or vote provisionally. You can drop off a vote-by-mail ballot at any of the polling locations. Polling locations will open starting October 31. Polling locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, November 2, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Find out more information about voting in person.
  • Ballot Drop-Box. Santa Barbara County plans to offer 32 secure Ballot Drop-Box locations available beginning October 5. Find out more information about casting a vote-by-mail ballot.

Ventura County 

  • Polling Place. Ventura County will use a polling location model this November. There will be 47 polling locations. Voters will be able to vote in-person or drop-off a ballot at any of these locations starting October 31. Consolidated polling locations will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the early voting period. On Election Day, polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Ballot Drop-Box. There will be 33 secure Ballot Drop-Box locations available beginning October 6.

Find a list of consolidated polling locations and Ballot Drop-Off locations.