Voter Registration and Elections
Office of the Registrar of Voters

News Release

August 16, 2021​

Contact: Voter Registration and Elections

Voting has Officially Begun

Voter Registration and Elections (VRE) has delivered Vote by Mail (VBM) ballots to the U.S. Postal Service for distribution to all currently registered voters in the County for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

Voters may use any Ballot Drop Box throughout the County to return their ballot. VRE has a drive-through Ballot Drop Box in the Election's Office parking lot at 7000 65th Street, Sacramento. This Ballot Drop Box is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and until 8:00 p.m. on Election Night.

Voters are encouraged to return their ballots early and sign their pink VBM envelope in order for their ballot to be counted. Information on the days and hours of operation for Ballot Drop Boxes or upcoming Vote Centers is available on the VRE website at, or use the direct links in the Key Election Dates below. No postage is necessary for voters returning their ballots by U.S. Mail using the pink Vote by Mail envelope.

For more information, contact VRE at (916) 875-6451, email,  or use the toll-free voter assistance hotline at (800) 762-8019. The hotline has the ability to connect voters with disabilities with TTY (Text Telephone).

Key Election Dates

Monday, August 16
​Mailing of ballots to all registered voters begins
Monday, August 16
Voted ballots may be returned by mail (no postage needed) or in any of the Ballot Drop Boxes located throughout the County
Monday, August 30
Close of v​​oter registration for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Voter registration forms must be postmarked by this date or delivered to the VRE Office at 7000 65th Street, Suite A, Sacramento 95823 by 5:00 p.m. Online voter registration must be completed before midnight on this date at
Tuesday, August 31Conditional Voter Registration (CVR) begins
Saturday, September 411 Day Vote Centers open
Tuesday, September 7Last day a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot can be mailed to you. After this date, VBM ballots are only available at the VRE Office or Vote Centers
Saturday, September 11All Vote Centers open throughout the County
Tuesday, September 14Election Day 


 Sign up to receive Voter Registration and Elections updates.