How to vote in Alameda County

Alameda County

Vote by Mail (VBM)

Be sure to sign the return envelope. Your signature must appear similar to the original signature on your voter registration form. A Vote-by-Mail ballot without your signature will not be counted. Your Vote-by-Mail ballot can be returned by mail, dropped off at any polling place, your county election official’s office, or a ballot drop off box. Click here for more on VBM.

Vote In Person

No form of ID is needed to cast your vote in person. The List of Polling Places will be posted 40 days before the next election. You are not required to bring your Vote By Mail ballot to your polling location or Vote Center if you prefer to cast your ballot in person, but it is highly encouraged. Click here for a list of polling places.

Ballot Drop Off Box (24 hours)

Return your Vote-by-Mail ballot at a ballot drop off box at any time. Click here for a list of ballot drop box locations.

Ballot Drop Stop

Return your Vote-by-Mail ballot at the ballot drop stop during daytime hours. Click here for more information about the ballot drop stop.

Accessible Voting

The Registrar of Voters office provides the Voter Information Guide in an accessible format on the Voter Profile page. The official ballot for the November 3, 2020, General Election will be available through the Remote Accessible Vote by Mail portal beginning Monday, October 5. For accessibility questions, call (510) 272-6933 or visit


Every registered voter will have the option to vote in-person at their designated polling place. Voters are not required to bring their Vote By Mail ballot to vote in-person, but it is strongly encouraged. If a voter would like to vote in-person, but has not received their mailed ballot, they can visit their polling location to cast a provisional ballot. 


Every registered voter was mailed a Vote By Mail ballot by October 5, 2020.


Ranked choice voting is available for some local races in some areas of the county. Click here for more information about how ranked choice voting works and which races it will apply to. 

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