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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)

 

 

If you are not able to vote at your polling place on Election Day, or simply prefer the convenience of voting by mail, you may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot.  California law also permits you to choose to become a permanent Vote by Mail voter.  Official ballots are mailed to Vote by Mail voters approximately 29 days before an election.  Vote by Mail ballots must be returned to the Elections Office or any polling place in Yuba County no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 

Application for Vote by Mail Ballot (Single Election)

Application  to Become Permanent Vote by Mail Voter

 

 

 

VBM Frequently Asked Questions

Who may vote a Vote by Mail ballot?

When can I apply for a Vote by Mail ballot?

Where can I obtain an application for a Vote by Mail ballot?

Do I need to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot every election?

What information must be included on my application?

How do I vote my ballot?

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

What should I do if I think my Vote by Mail ballot may not arrive on time by mail?

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?

I am out of the country and the mail is slow.  Can I apply earlier than the normal 29 days?

How do I qualify for permanent Vote by Mail status?

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 received a call/letter saying my signature on my Vote by Mail ballot envelope doesn't match?

 

 


 

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 can I apply for a Vote by Mail ballot?

You may apply for and pick u a Vote by Mail ballot in person at the Elections Department beginning on the 29th day before an election and ending at 8:00 p.m. on election night.  The Elections Department address is:  915 8th Street, Suite 107, Marysville, CA  95901.

 

You may mail or fax your request before the 29th day before the election.  Actual mailing of Vote by Mail ballots cannot begin until the 29th day before the election.  Completed applications must be received by mail or fax on or before the 7th day prior to the election. 

 

However, if during the last 7 days before the election you become ill or disabled or for some unforeseen reason find you will be away from your polling place on election day, you may authorize another person to come to our office with your application, pick up the ballot, bring it to you and to return it for you.

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Where can I obtain an application for application for a Vote by Mail ballot?

You must make a request in writing. We prefer that you use the postcard application in the sample ballot that is sent to you because it has information that helps us to process your request faster. It is not necessary to wait for your sample ballot to request a Vote by Mail ballot. Your may send a card or letter to the Elections Department requesting a Vote by Mail ballot. Send applications to:
Yuba County Elections
915 8th St, Suite 107
Marysville, CA 95901

•You may also fax your request to: (530) 749-7854.
•Download an application.
•A request by telephone cannot be processed.
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Do I need to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot every election?



What information must be included in my application?
Applications should have your printed name, your residence address in Yuba County, the address to which the ballot is to be mailed (if different than your residence) the name of the election and your signature.
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How do I vote my ballot?
Please use black pen to mark your ballot. Connect the head and tail of the arrow for your selection. Do not vote for more that the authorized number of candidates. Be sure to complete both side of the ballot. If you make a mistake, do not try to correct it, call our office for a replacement ballot. Place your ballot in the return envelope provided. Be sure your signature and address are on the return envelope. Your ballot will not be counted if there is no signature on the return envelope.
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When do I have to return my Vote by Mail ballot?
Vote by Mail ballots sent by mail must be received by the Elections Department on or before 8 p.m. on election night. Vote by Mail ballots received after 8:00 p.m. election night will not be counted.
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What should I do if I think my Vote by Mail ballot may not arrive on time by mail?
You may come in person to the Elections Department at 915 8th St, Ste 107 in Marysville and drop it off any time before election day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..

On election day you may return a Vote by Mail ballot to the Elections Department or any polling place in Yuba County between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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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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I am out of the country and the mail is slow. Can I apply earlier than the normal 29 days?
If you state on your application that the mail is slow or difficult in the country that you are in and you need to receive the Vote by Mail ballot earlier than 29 days before an election, you may receive a special Vote by Mail ballot that can be sent out as early as 60 days prior to an election.
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How do I qualify for Permanent Vote by Mail Status?
State law now allows any voter to become a Permanent Vote by Mail Voter. You may request an application from our office or download a Permanent VBM Application.

A Vote by Mail ballot will automatically be sent to you for all future elections. Failure to vote in a Statewide election will cancel your Permanent Vote by Mail status and you will need to reapply. If you have any questions regarding voting by Vote By Mail ballot, telephone (530) 749-7855.
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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?

No.  Vote by Mail ballots must be received by the Elections Office or any polling site in Yuba County no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day; postmarks will not be accepted.  If it is Election Day, you must hand deliver your ballot to the Elections Office or any polling place in Yuba County before 8:00 p.m.  If you are unable to personally return your Vote by Mail ballot, you may choose one of the following eligible representatives to return your ballot for you: spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or person residing in your household.

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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 they7 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 signature submitted on the most recent voter 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 persons signature changes it is recommended they submit a new voter registration form to capture their most current signature. 

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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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