Help for New Voters

Once Registered to Vote

  1. In four to six weeks, the voter will receive a Voter Notification Card in the mail from the Elections Office confirming that the voter registration card is on file. It requests that the voter check the information to be sure that it is correct.
  2. Four to five weeks before the election, the Elections Office will send the voter a Voter Information Guide that will contain information about the candidates and ballot measures to vote on. Also watch for the state ballot pamphlet sent to you by the Secretary of State's office before every June Primary and November General Election. This also contains valuable information.
  3. Voters are urged to read the Voter Information Guide carefully and become informed on each issue and candidate.

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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: Check when your ballot is issued and received by our office here.

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Returning The Voted Vote by Mail Ballot

  • Voted vote by mail ballots must be received by the Elections Office or any Satellite Office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day. The vote by mail ballot envelope must be signed by the voter to be counted. The signature is verified on every vote by mail ballot received by the Elections Office.
  • The voter may return the voted vote by mail ballot by mail, by bringing it into the Elections Office or by dropping it off at any Stanislaus County Satellite Office on Election Day. If the voter is unable to return the ballot personally, a relative (spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister) or person living in the same household as the voter may deliver the ballot.

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The voter must remember to sign the ballot envelope or the Elections Office cannot count the ballot.

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.

This page will be updated with a list of locations to vote early.

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Mistakes Made On Vote by Mail Ballots

Contact the Elections Office for instructions on how to obtain a second ballot at 209-525-5200 or call 209-525-5230 for assistance in the Spanish language if a vote by mail ballot is lost or destroyed, or a mistake is made that requires a second ballot.

Voter Assistance

English Assistance
Spanish Assistance

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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.