2020 General Election
Due to state legislation, all active registered voters in California will receive a vote by mail ballot for the Presidential General Election on November 3, 2020. Ballots will be mailed beginning October 5, 2020.
We encourage voters to vote the ballot received by mail as a safer option for voters and election workers during this pandemic.
Vote by Mail
77% of Stanislaus County residents already are registered to vote by mail, and all eligible ballots are counted. The first results on Election Night are from vote by mail ballots received before Election Day, with in-person votes released later. By law, all eligible votes must be counted by 30 days after the election.
- SAFE AND SECURE: Every voter signature is checked, and managers conduct double-checks. If you didn’t sign the envelope or the handwriting doesn’t closely resemble what’s in your voter file, we send you a form to correct it. When the form is returned, the challenged ballot will be counted.
- CONVENIENT: Postage is pre-paid! You can also mark the ballot when and where it’s easiest for you. You won’t have to find a voting location or wait in line.
- CONFIDENTIAL: High-speed opening machines separate voted ballots from envelopes. No one knows how you voted.
- TRACKING: Sign up for BallotTrax alerts at https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/ to track when your ballot is mailed and received by our office.
Official Ballot Drop Boxes
Official ballot drop boxes will be available in public locations throughout the county as early as 29 days before Election Day. Ballots dropped off at these sites will be collected directed by county elections officials.
Early Voting Locations
Early voting locations or satellite offices will be located throughout the county. Satellite offices will issue vote by mail ballots. They will not offer a traditional poll experience with a ballot scanner. The ballot envelopes will be placed in a secure container, with voter signatures checked later at the elections office before ballots are tabulated.
At satellite offices, voters can receive the following services:
- Get a replacement vote by mail ballot
- Register for the first time or update your registration
- Use an accessible ballot marking device
- Request a facsimile ballot for language assistance in Assyrian, Khmer, or Punjabi
- Drop off completed vote by mail ballot
Locations will be open for early voting from 8 am to 5 pm the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before
Election Day. Locations will be open on Tuesday, Election Day, from 7 am to 8 pm.
Volunteer At In-Person Early Voting Locations
Election Volunteers are responsible for assisting voters in strict accordance with the voting laws of the State of California, and in doing so perform a very important service.
- Greeting voters
- Assisting voters using ballot-marking devices
- Issuing ballots to voters
- Making safety & sanitation supplies available to voters
- Ensuring an efficient flow of voters
- Assisting voters with completing forms
- Setting up & taking down voting equipment
- Attend training prior to Election Day
- Receive stipend starting at $95 per day of service
- 18 years of age or older
- U.S. citizen & registered California voter OR legal permanent resident of the U.S.
- Read and write English
- Availability on early voting days and Election Day
If you meet the requirements and are interested in being an Election Volunteer, complete the electronic form and send it to the Elections Office located at: 1021 "I" Street, Suite 101, Modesto, CA 95354.
Recruiting Bilingual Election Volunteers
The Elections Office is also recruiting bilingual Election Volunteers. Volunteers 18 or older who are registered California voters are encouraged to become part of the election process by serving as Election Volunteers on future elections. If you speak any of the following languages and are interested in volunteering for your community, then become a bilingual Election Volunteer to assist voters with language needs.
Disclaimer: The information contained in these pages was valid at the time of publication. The County Clerk / Recorder / Registrar of Voters reserves the right to modify, update, change or make improvements at any time, without notice, and assumes no liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions or discrepancies.