Vote By Mail Information
Absentee Ballot = Vote By Mail Ballot
Any registered voter may choose a Vote By Mail Ballot instead of voting at their polling place on Election Day. The Elections Department must have a signed request in writing for a voter to become a Permanent Vote by Mail Voter. However, one time requests for a Vote By Mail Ballot may also be made by phone. Ballots may be mailed anywhere in the world. Voted ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day in order to be counted. The Vote By Mail ballot envelope must be signed by the voter in order to be counted . The signature is verified by the Elections Department.
How To Request A Vote By Mail Ballot
1. You will receive a sample ballot pamphlet/booklet in the mail approximately 3-4 weeks prior to an election that you are eligible to vote in. The back cover of the sample ballot will have an application to request a Vote By Mail ballot. If you complete, sign and mail the application to the Elections Department so that we receive it prior to the 7th day before the election, we will mail your ballot to the address specified on the application. It is not necessary to wait for your sample ballot to request a Vote By Mail Ballot.
2. You may request a ballot on a plain piece of paper and mail it to: Mariposa County Elections, PO Box 247, Mariposa, CA 95338
Please write legibly and include:
- The election you are requesting a ballot for
- Your full name
- Your residence address
- The address you would like your ballot mailed to
- Your signature Telephone number (optional)
3. Print out the State of California Vote By Mail Ballot request form
Complete the form and mail it to:
Mariposa County Elections
PO Box 247
Mariposa, CA 95338
4. Request your ballot by phone at (209) 966-2007.
Returning Your Voted Absentee Ballot
You may return your voted Vote By Mail ballot by mail (postmarked by Election Day), by hand delivering it into the Elections Department or by dropping it off at any Mariposa County polling place on Election Day. If you are unable to return your ballot yourself, you may have a relative (spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister) deliver the ballot for you.
The voted ballot must be returned to one of the above locations no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day or postmarked by Election Day, in order to be counted, depositing it at a post office on Election Day does not constitute being returned in the proper manner.
Be sure to sign your ballot envelope or we cannot count your ballot.
The Elections Department will begin mailing out requested Vote By Mail Ballots 29 days before the election and continuing until the 7th day prior to the election. A voter may come into the office and pick up their ballot starting on this 29th day. We will accept voted ballots beginning that day.
Where is my Vote By Mail Ballot? Call the Election Department for processing information on your Ballot at 1-866-607-8241 toll free.