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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.




 

VOTING BY MAIL (VBM)

 

 

How to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot

Complete a Vote by Mail Ballot Application and

- Mail completed application to:  Yuba County Elections, 915 8th Street, Suite 107, Marysville, CA 95901

- Fax completed application to: (530) 749-7854

- Scan and email completed application to: elections@co.yuba.ca.us

 

How to apply for Permanent Vote by Mail status

Complete a Request for Permanent Vote by Mail Status and

- Mail completed application to:  Yuba County Elections, 915 8th Street, Suite 107, Marysville, CA 95901

- Fax completed application to: (530) 749-7854

- Scan and email completed application to: elections@co.yuba.ca.us

 

VBM Frequently Asked Questions

Who may vote a Vote by Mail ballot?

When do I have to return my Vote by Mail ballot?

What should I do if I cannot return the Vote by Mail ballot myself, and it is too late to send it in the mail?

If I lose the Vote by Mail ballot sent to me, can I get another one?

If I request a Vote by Mail ballot, can I change my mind and vote at my regular polling place?

Are there circumstances under which a voter can be required to Vote by Mail?

I sent my Vote by Mail ballot back.  Can you confirm you received it?

Are ballots postmarked by election day counted?

I heard Vote by Mail ballots are only counted if a contest is close.  Is that true?

Why did I receive a call/letter saying my signature on my Vote by Mail ballot envelope doesn't match?

I forgot to sign my Vote by Mail envelope. Will it be counted?

 

 


 

Who may vote a Vote by Mail ballot?

Any registered voter in Yuba County may apply for and vote a Vote by Mail ballot.

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When do I have to return my Vote by Mail ballot?

  • If returning your ballot in person to the Yuba County Elections Office it must be returned during normal business hours Monday through Friday or by 8:00 p.m. on election day. 
  • If returning your ballot to a polling place on election day  it must be received by 8:00 p.m. on election day. 
  • If returning your ballot by mail it must be postmarked on or before election day and received by the Elections Office no later than three days after the election.  (back to top)
     

What should I do if I cannot return the Vote by Mail ballot myself, and it is too late to send it in the mail?
You may authorize a relative (spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister) or any person residing in the same household to return your ballot. On the return envelope, you must sign your name and print the name of the person you are authorizing to return your ballot. That person must also sign in the space provided.
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If I lose the Vote by Mail ballot sent to me, can I get another one?
Yes. Call the Elections Department at (530) 749-7855. Your original ballot will be voided and a second ballot will be sent to you. You must sign the statement sent to you with the second ballot that you have lost or did not receive your Vote by Mail ballot. You may also go to your regular polling place or to the Election Department and vote a provisional ballot.
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If I request a Vote by Mail ballot, can I change my mind and vote at my regular polling place?
Yes, but you must surrender your Vote by Mail ballot with the envelope and give it to the polling place worker before voting a regular ballot.

If you are unable to surrender your Vote by Mail ballot, you may still cast a provisional ballot at your polling place which will not be counted until it can be determined that you have not also voted by Vote By Mail ballot.
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Are there circumstances under which a voter can be required to Vote by Mail?
Yes there are circumstances under which a voter can be required to Vote by Mail. If a precinct has fewer than 250 registered voters on the 88th day before an election, that precinct can be declared by the elections official to be a "Mail Ballot Precinct".
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I sent my Vote by Mail ballot back.  Can you confirm you received it?
You can check whether your Vote by Mail ballot has been received by using the Vote by Mail Ballot Status Lookup.  This lookup is posted for each election under "Current Election".  You may also call the Elections Office at (530) 749-7855 and staff will check for you.

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Are ballots postmarked by election day counted?

If your ballot is postmarked on or before election day and received by the elections office no later than three days after the election it will be processed to be counted.  

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I heard Vote by Mail ballots are only counted if a contest is close.  Is that true?

No.  All valid Vote by Mail ballots are counted.  Because voters are cautioned that Vote by Mail ballots returned to the polls on Election Day will not be included in the election night results, this has been misunderstood to mean they are not counted at all.  This rumor is likely due to a misunderstanding of how Vote by Mail ballots must be processed.  Because signatures on Vote by Mail ballots must be verified before the ballots can be counted, ballots received within 1 - 2 days of Election Day may not be counted and included in semi-final results reported election night.  It may take up to one week to verify all signatures on Vote by Mail ballots returned close to, or on, Election Day before the votes cast can be counted and included in the final, official results.

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Why did I receive a call/letter saying my signature on my Vote by Mail ballot envelope doesn't match?

The signature on every Vote by Mail ballot envelope is checked against the voter's registration form.  If the signatures do not match the ballot cannot be counted.  The Elections Office will contact voters by mail or by phone to provide them the opportunity to re-sign their ballot envelope.  In many cases, signatures don't match due to a hurried signature or signature changes over time.  When a person's signature changes it is recommended they submit a new voter registration form to capture their new signature. 

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I forgot to sign my vote by mail envelope.  Will my ballot be counted?

If you submit your ballot timely but forget to sign the ballot envelope you will be notified by phone or mail.  You must complete and return an Unsigned Ballot Statement no later than 8 days after the election for your ballot to be counted.

 

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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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