This coming Tuesday, March 3, is Super Tuesday! People across California and numerous other states will be heading to the polls to vote on presidential candidates and so much more.
We have organized some key information to assist you in the voting process:
Your Polling Location or Mail-in Ballot Drop Box
- Polls will open at 7:00am and close at 8:00pm on Election Day.
- Your polling place or drop box is assigned to you based on the address you provided when you registered to vote. That is the address you should use when you attempt to look up your polling location using this website. Check the address on your registration here.
- Santa Clara County and San Mateo County voters can vote at any Vote Center in their County thanks to the Voter’s Choice Act. In these counties, you do not need to wait until Tuesday to vote, you can vote today!
- If you believe you are registered to vote but your name is not on the official voter registration list or if you do not have your vote-by-mail ballot and need to vote in person, you may vote using a provisional ballot at any other polling place in the same county. However, only the elections contests you are eligible to vote for will be counted.
- See here for details on ways you can submit your mail-in ballot, if you requested and received one. Note, all Santa Clara County and San Mateo County voters received mail-in ballots.
Know Your Rights
- You do not need an ID to vote in California unless you registered by mail and did not provide your social security number or driver’s license.
- If you missed the voter registration deadline you can visit your county office, voter center, or local polling place to register for a conditional ballot.
- You are not required to vote on everything on the ballot to be able to vote, though we encourage you to!
- If you are told you are not on the voter roll or there are any other challenges to your right to vote, ask for a provisional ballot. Do not leave the polling location without voting.
Vote by Mail
You may return your completed ballot by:
- Mailing it to your county elections official;
- Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day.
- If you are not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, bring it to any polling place in the state between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- Returning it in-person to a polling place or the office of your county elections official;
- Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- Dropping your ballot into one of your county’s ballot drop boxes; or
- Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered to a ballot drop-off location must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- Authorizing someone to return the ballot on your behalf.
- Anyone may return your ballot for you, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.
If your ballot is missing or lost, you are able to get a provisional ballot at the polls.
Primary Election Voting Guide
Trying to make sense of all of the ballot measures? Our Government Relations Coordinator, Sameena Usman, put together a great guide on county and city measures we are supporting or opposing. We’re hopeful that the summaries and also our positions on these select measures will help you as you decide how to vote. It’s all online on our website and organized by county!
We know this is a lot, but this election is important and your voice matters! Please share these resources with your family and friends to encourage them to vote as well. If you need additional information, you can find our FAQ online or call our office at 408.986.9874.