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Vote by Mail Information

Due to a change in law, every active registered voter will receive a ballot by mail. There is no need to complete a vote by mail application. Ballots will begin mailing no later than 29 days prior to Election Day.  Delivery times may vary between 3-10 days. If you need a replacement ballot mailed to you, the last day to request the ballot is seven (7) days before Election Day. An application for a vote by mail ballot may be printed on the back of your voter guide.

Take action to be vote ready:

  • Check that your mailing address is current. 

  • If you will be away from home during a mailing period, call the elections office to provide a seasonal address.

  • Sign up to track your ballot from delivery to return at https://wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov

Vote by Mail Applications

Monterey County Elections Department - Vote By Mail (VBM) Ballot Application (PDF)

Monterey County Elections Department - Vote By Mail (VBM) Ballot Application
for Pacific Grove Special Tax Measure  Election

Accessible Vote by Mail Option

All voters with or without a disability who require assistance from a screen reader or other technology to read and/or to mark their ballot, can access their ballot via a secure portal. Their ballot can be read by the technology of their choice and marked on their home marking device. Voters will still have to print the ballot and return the ballot by mail or in person. Voters will not be able to print blank ballots. A marked ballot must still be accompanied by a signed voter oath in an official envelope to be counted. Only one ballot will be accepted per registered voter upon verification of the voter’s signature and voter information. For more information, please call (831) 796-1499 or toll-free (866) 887-9274.

Return Your Ballot

By mail -- Postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Tuesday following the Election. Return postage is paid. Only those ballots received by the deadline may be counted. Voters should take into consideration the delivery times which vary from 3 to 10 days. If returning the week of the election, voters may want to consider returning the ballot in person. 

In person -- To any official voting location or designated return center in California by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. A 24-hour mail ballot return box is available at the Monterey County Government Center at Schilling Place, 1441 Schilling Place in Salinas. 

Drop Box Locations -- During an election, a list of our Drop Boxes for an election will be listed here.

Military and Overseas Voters

Request a Replacement Ballot

If you make a mistake on your vote by mail ballot or need a new ballot, call the Elections office for a replacement (831) 796-1499 or toll-free (866) 887-9274. You can also return the ballot in person directly to the Elections office or to your assigned polling place on Election Day. If you do not bring your vote by mail ballot with you to the polling place or if you go to a location other than your assigned polling place you will be asked to vote a provisional ballot. In addition, by voting at a polling place other than your assigned location, you risk voting a ballot that does not have all the contests that will be at your assigned location.

In order to preserve anonymity, if you choose to make a correction on the ballot, please do not initial or sign your name on the actual ballot.

What To Do if You Forgot to Sign Your Vote-by-Mail Ballot Envelope

You may have received notice that you did not sign your vote-by-mail envelope when you returned it. Obtain the form here to provide your signature.

What To Do if Your Signature on Your Vote-by-Mail Envelope Did Not Match Your Signature on File

You may have received notice that your signature on your vote-by-mail envelope did not match your signature on file. Obtain the form here to provide a matching signature.