How to Mark Your Vote by Mail Ballot

How to Vote Your Ballot:

  • To vote, completely fill in the oval to the right of your choice. 
  • USE a BLUE or BLACK ink pen to mark your ballot.
  • DO NOT sign or initial your official ballot.
  • DO NOT use red ink.
  • DO NOT vote for more candidates than the number indicated for each contest.
  • Write-In Voting: To vote for a qualified write-in candidate, write the person's name in the wite-in space and fill in the oval. Do not write in a name that’s already printed on the ballot.
  • If you make a mistake and need a new ballot, call (408) 299-VOTE [8683] or toll free (866) 430-VOTE [8683].

Fill In Ballot


Write in Ballot

How to Complete Your Return Envelope:

  • Refold the ballot and place it into the return envelope.
  • Sign your name by the red "X", print your address and the date on the back of the return envelope.​
  • Your signature must match the signature on your voter registration card.
  • If you are unable to sign your name on the return envelope:
    • Personally make an "X" or distinguishing mark by the red "X" on the return envelope.
    • Have someone print your name on the return envelope and sign as a witness.

If your signature is missing or does not match your voter registration card, your ballot cannot be counted. Click here for more information​.

Ballot Signature Example

Your voted ballot must be received by the Registrar of Voters by 8 p.m. on Election Day OR must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within ​7 days of the election. Deliver or mail your ballot early, so it can be in the first Election Night Results!

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