How to Vote

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Voting is the fundamental right of every US citizen.  The County of Sacramento Voter Registration and Elections Department strives to uphold and preserve this right through voter registration, voter education, and accessible voting options.

Here you will find information on where, when, and how you can vote.

As a voter, we thank you for partnering with us in this core element of democracy.

How to Mark Your Ballot

​​Instructions for how to mark your ballot, how to vote for a qualified write-in candidate, what to do if you make a mistake on your ballot, and helpful tips!

​​​​​​Vote by Mail and Official Ballot Drop Box Locations

​​Every registered voter in the County of Sacramento will be mailed a ballot starting 29 days before Election Day.  Find more information on Vote by Mail ballots and the different ways you can return​ your voted ballot.

Vote Centers

​​​Vote Early or on Election Day

California law allows voters to visit any Vote Center in the County of Sacramento to drop off their voted ballot, use one of three accessible ballot marking devices, obtain voting assistance, or receive a replacement ballot. 

Remote Accessible Vote by Mail

Voters with disabilities can vote privately and independently by accessing and marking their ballot from a computer using their own assistive technology. Ballots must be printed out and returned to the County of Sacramento Voter Registration and Elections Department.  Marked ballots cannot be emailed or faxed.

Military and Overseas Voters

County of Sacramento Voters who meet the criteria below may register and apply for a ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form.

  • Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty
  • Spouses or dependents of a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • US citizens living abroad with an intent to return
  • US citizens living abroad with no intent to return

​Assistance for Voters with ​Disabilities

The Voter Registration and Elections Department has a long-standing commitment to working with voters with disabilities to help them exercise their right to vote.  This page provides general information about these efforts.  Voters are encouraged to contact us with specific requests for assistance.

Assistance for Voters with Language Needs

The County of Sacramento provides reference ballots in designated languages and voting support in specific languages at the Elections Office and at identified Vote Centers.​

Voters requiring assistance may bring up to 2 helpers, but may not include:
  • the voter’s employer, 
  • an agent of the voter’s employer, ​
  • or an officer or agent of the union of which the voter is a member.​