Elections

Voting by mail? You can still get your ballot – in person or by phone

Election clerk Kaitlin Huber, left, and Katie Hogge, middle, work with other clerks to sort Sacramento County vote-by-mail ballots on Nov. 4, 2010. Vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 8, 2016, election are still available.
Election clerk Kaitlin Huber, left, and Katie Hogge, middle, work with other clerks to sort Sacramento County vote-by-mail ballots on Nov. 4, 2010. Vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 8, 2016, election are still available. Sacramento Bee file

Vote-by-mail ballots are still available in California, but voters hoping to use mail-in ballots have only two ways to get them as the Nov. 8 Election Day approaches.

The California secretary of state’s website says the deadline to request mail-in ballots by mail is Tuesday (officially, seven days before Election Day), but those ballots can be requested from county election offices in person and, in some counties, by telephone. Voters who want to request the ballots by phone are urged to contact their individual county elections office to determine if it is allowed there.

Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the voters’ county elections office no later than three days after Election Day. According to the secretary of state site, voters who plan to personally deliver vote-by-mail ballots to the polls must drop them off no later than the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Searchable information about candidates, races and ballot measures is available on The Sacramento Bee’s Voter Guide. Also available are candidate endorsements by The Bee’s editorial board, as well as editorial recommendations for the 17 statewide ballot measures.

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