We are less than a month away from the March 3 Presidential Primary and ballots are officially in the mail. All registered voters in Sacramento County will receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot. Voters will notice a few new things about their Vote-By-Mail ballot that makes the voting experience even more convenient.
All packets will include:
- Your precinct-specific, party-specific ballot
- A ballot drop box location map – 58 total drop boxes in the County
- Your “I Voted” sticker
- A pink, postage-paid return envelope
Remember, this is a party-specific Presidential Primary. Voters will see party-specific presidential candidates ONLY on their ballot. If you are still registered as a “no party preference” voter but want to vote for a Presidential candidate – you must either request a cross over ballot (Democrat, American Independent or Libertarian) or re-register under the new party (Republican, Green, Peace and Freedom).
More about the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA)
Sacramento County is one of the original five counties in California that implemented the Voter’s Choice Act in 2018, expanding voting opportunities for all residents. Voter Registration and Elections saw positive results in the primary and general election in 2018 and looks forward to improved ease and access for voters as we enter the 2020 Election cycle.
As a reminder, here are the changes the VCA allows:
Choose how, when and where you want to vote.
- By Mail: All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail. Place the voted ballot inside the envelope provided, sign the envelope and return – your postage is paid!
- Vote Center: With the passage of the California Voter’s Choice Act, traditional polling places have been replaced with Vote Centers that are open for up to 11 days, including Election Day. This means voters can choose when, where and how they want to vote – at ANY Vote Center in the County. Avoid the lines, vote early!
- At the Vote Center, you can drop off your completed ballot OR vote in person. There is even weekend voting!
- 18 Vote Centers open for 11 days beginning Feb. 22, 2020
- An additional 66 Vote Centers open for four days beginning Feb. 29, 2020
- 58 Drop Boxes – Voted/signed ballots may be placed in any of the 58 secure Drop Box locations throughout Sacramento County beginning Feb. 3, 2020
- Eligible residents can also register to vote, update their registration and cast their ballot at a Vote Center, even on the day of the election.
A complete list of locations can be found online and in the Sacramento County Voter Information Guide that was mailed out in January.