Voting Basics: Casting a Ballot

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How Do I Vote?

In Alameda County you can vote in person at your polling place on Election Day, vote early in person at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office before Election Day, or vote by mail.

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How Do I Vote at the Polls on Election Day?

Alameda County polling places are open from 7 am – 8 pm on election day. Find your polling place here.

  • The basic steps for voting at the polls are:
    • Go to the registration table
      • Say your name and address and sign the list of voters
      • A poll worker will give you a ballot
      • You may fill out a paper or touch screen ballot depending on the polling site
  • If you have any questions, ask a poll worker!

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How Do I Vote Early in Person?

You can vote early (prior to the March 3rd, 2020 election day) in person at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office, 1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1, in Oakland. This location is open to any Alameda County voter from February 3rd – March 3rd, M-F, 8:30am to 5:00pm, and on Saturday 2/29 and Sunday 3/1 from 9:00am– 3:00pm. (Note: Alameda County residents can both register and vote at the ROV starting on February 3rd through election day.)

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How Do I Vote by Mail?

Voting by mail allows voters to cast a ballot without going to a polling place. If a registered voter has applied to vote by mail, the Registrar's office mails a ballot to the registered address of the voter beginning 29 days before an election. The voter completes the ballot and returns it to the election office by mail or in person to the office or to any polling place on Election Day to be counted. Any voter can apply to vote by mail permanently in every election.

You can request a vote-by-mail ballot up to 7 days before an election from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters by filling out and mailing in a Vote-By-Mail Application.

Your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 and can be returned in person—to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, any 24-hour drop-box, or any polling place in Alameda County before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

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Do I Have to Show ID to Vote?

Only when you register to vote will you need to provide your California driver’s license or ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

  • On Election Day you are not required to show identification at the polling place unless:
    • You are voting for the first time after registering to vote by mail and did not provide your driver license number, California identification number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration form. In this case you may be asked to show a form of identification when you go to the polls. A copy of a recent utility bill, the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency are examples of acceptable forms of identification. Other acceptable forms of identification include your passport, driver license, official state identification card, or student identification card showing your name and photograph.
  • Visit the California Secretary of State for more information on acceptable identification

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