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Guidelines for Absentee Ballots

Original post made by Absentee, Professorville, on Nov 3, 2008

It is too late to mail it today.

The full vote-by-mail guide for your reference: Web Link.

When must I return the voted ballot?

In order to be counted, an elections official in your county of residence must receive your ballot no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. Elections Code §§ 3020, 14212

You can mail your ballot or bring it to the elections office or to any worker at a polling place within your county of residence. Ballots received after the polls close on Election Day cannot be counted regardless of postmarks. Elections Code § 3017


If I request a vote-by-mail ballot, can I change my mind and
still vote at my regular polling place?

YES. You must bring your non-voted vote-by-mail ballot and give it to the
polling place worker before voting a regular ballot.
Elections Code § 3015


Can I give my voted vote-by-mail ballot to someone else to
return for me?

If you are ill, or have a physical disability, you may designate a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister or a person residing in the same household as the vote-by-mail-voter to return your voted ballot for you. Your designated person may return it in person to the election office or to a polling place in your county, or may place it in the mail for return to the elections official. Contact your county elections official for more information. Elections Code § 3017

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Posted by Absent as well
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Thank you very much for the information.

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Posted by Vote By Mailer
a resident of Ventura
on Nov 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm

According to, you can drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at many locations besides polling places:
County Government Center (during normal business hours through Election Day)
70 W. Hedding St., San Jose
1st Floor, outside of Board Chambers, next to information desk

City Halls / City Clerks Offices (during normal business hours through Election Day)
Campbell: 70 N. First Street
Cupertino: 10300 Torre Avenue
Gilroy: 7351 Rosanna Street
Los Altos: 1 N. San Antonio Road
Los Altos Hills: 26379 Fremont Road
Los Gatos: 110 E. Main Street
Milpitas: 455 E. Calaveras Boulevard
Monte Sereno: 18041 Saratoga/Los Gatos Road
Morgan Hill: 17555 Peak Avenue
Mountain View: 500 Castro Street
Palo Alto: 250 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose: 200 E. Santa Clara Street, Wing 2, 2nd Floor
Santa Clara: 1500 Warburton Avenue
Saratoga: 13777 Fruitvale Avenue
Sunnyvale: 650 W. Olive Ave. (City Finance Office)

Youcan also check to see if they received it at Web Link

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Posted by paly parent
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm

I never received my vote by mail ballot - only the sample. Can I vote?

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Posted by You can still vote
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 3, 2008 at 10:10 pm

paly parent,
You should go to your polling place, explain that you did not receive your absentee ballot and ask for a provisional ballot. Your votes will be counted once it is determined that you only completed one ballot.

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Posted by RS
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 4, 2008 at 7:35 am

Here are the polling locations in case you need a provisional ballot

Web Link

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Posted by T
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:59 pm

That list of polling locations does not appear to be accurate for this election. At least one of the places mentioned in the February 2008 list was not open for business today when I went by. It appears the number of polling locations has been reduced substantially since last election and the poll worker I spoke with said the long term plan is to have everyone vote by mail and eliminate the need for polling places altogether.

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Posted by You can still vote
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 4, 2008 at 1:45 pm

The Obama campaign has provided a wonderful tool at Web Link

Just type in your address and voila! your polling place name, address, a map and directions from your house pops up. Very cool.

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