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County Elections - Registrar of Voters

Terry A. Hansen

915 8th St., Suite 107, Marysville, CA 95901

 

Phone: (530) 749-7855

Fax: (530) 749-7854

Email: elections@co.yuba.ca.us

Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00  p.m.




 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

 

I think I am registered to vote - how can I find out?

When do I need to re-register?

I am registered "Independent".  Why did I get an "American Independent" ballot?

Where is my polling place?

I don't have time to drive all the way back to my polling place.  Can I go to any polling place that's nearby and vote?

I went to my usual polling place and the poll worker told me I was not on the roster, but gave me a provisional ballot.  Will my votes count?

I did not vote on every contest on my ballot.  Will my other votes count?

I did not like the choice of candidates so I wrote in someone's name.  Will my vote count?

How do I change my political party?

 


 

 

 

I think I am registered to vote - how can I find out?

Call the Elections Office at (530) 749-7855.

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When do I need to re-register?

You must re-register any time you change your name, residence address, or political party.  After you register, the Elections Office will mail you a confirmation of your registration.

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I am registered "Independent".  Why did I get an "American Independent" ballot?

In California, voters may decline to state a political party affiliation on the voter registration form.  Voters who choose not to affiliate are commonly referred to as "independent," a term that closely resembles the name of an actual political party, American Independent.  You may have selected "American Independent" on your registration form when you actually intended to decline to state a political party affiliation.  For more information, refer to the Secretary of State website "Political Parties".

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Where is my polling place?

You can find your polling place by:

1. Checking the back cover of your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet

2. Call the Elections Office at (530) 749-7855.

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I don't have time to drive all the way back to my polling place.  Can I go to any polling place that's nearby and vote?

If you go to a polling place other than the one assigned to you, your name will not appear on the roster of voters; poll workers will give you a provisional ballot.  If you vote in the wrong polling place, you will likely not receive a ballot with all the contests in which you are eligible to vote.

 

If you are near the Elections Office and can get there before 8:00 p.m., you may apply in person for a Vote by Mail ballot and vote it at the office.  This way, you will receive the correct ballot with all the contests in which you are eligible to vote.

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I went to my usual polling place and the poll worker told me I was not on the roster, but gave me a provisional ballot.  Will my votes count?

Provisional ballots use the same official ballots issued to all voters.  Provisional ballots are issued when a person's eligibility to vote can not immediately be confirmed.  After the election, staff will research whether you are registered and which ballot, if any, you were eligible to receive.  IF you are registered and confirmed eligible to vote, the votes you cast will count for all eligible contest only. For example, you went to the wrong polling place and were given a provisional ballot which included a contest for the Sunshine School District - but you reside in an area that is not within the Sunshine School District boundaries.  The vote you cast for the Sunshine School District contest will not count.  Staff will research which ballots you would have received at your assigned polling place, compare it to the ballot you actually cast, and count only the votes for contests in which you were eligible to vote.

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I did not vote on every contest on my ballot.  Will my other votes count?

Yes.  You are not required to vote on every contest on your ballot.

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I did not like the choice of candidates so I wrote in someone's name.  Will my vote count?

Votes for write-in candidates will be counted only if the person is a "qualified" write-in candidate, and you connected the head and tail of the arrow in the voting space next to where you wrote in the name. There are specific documentation and filing requirements that a candidate must satisfy to become qualified, and thus eligible to receive votes.  A list of qualified write-in candidates is provided at every polling place for voters.  Votes for unqualified candidates are not tallied or reported in election results.

 

If you vote for a candidate whose name appears on the ballot do not also write the candidate's name in the write-in location.  Marking more voting spaces in a contest than the maximum allowed will result in an overvote and your votes for that contest will not count.

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How do I change my political party?

You must re-register to change your political party.

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Clerk-Recorder • 915 8th. St., Suite 107, Marysville, CA 95901 • (530) 749-7855 • Fax: (530) 749-7854

 

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