Just Moved? Don't Miss Out on Vote-by-Mail (Info for California Residents)

Not a day goes by that you don't spot a moving truck in the Bay Area. Have you heard anyone asking about how to be sure they get their vote in, if they just moved? In California, the deadline to change your address with the county elections office was October 19th. If you didn't make that deadline, don't worry — you can still make your vote count.

The post office does not automatically forward election mail to your new address (including the mail-in ballots that are going to every Californian this year) without a formal change in address. So, do one of these two things:

  1. Officials started mailing ballots out on Oct. 1. Get in touch with your former residence, and see if they have it and arrange to pick it up. You can then sign it and mail it in (or bring it to your previously assigned polling place on Nov 3rd). Find your polling place here
  2. On Nov 3rd, grab your face covering and go straight to your previously assigned polling place for the old address and cast your vote there. Find your polling place here

If you mail in your ballot, you can track its status with this handy site. Questions on any of the above? You should pick up the phone and call your local county election office.

Not yet registered to vote? In California, you can register to vote (and then cast your vote) ON election day in-person at your polling place (find that here), or at early voting locations (find those here).

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