How to vote in Monterey 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, or deposited in a ballot drop off box. Click here for more on VBM.

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.

Vote In Person

No form of ID is needed to vote in person. The list of polling places is available, and you are assigned to your Voting Day polling location based on your registered address. You can also cast your ballot early at either of the two Early Voting Centers starting on October 5. You are not required to bring your Vote-by-Mail ballot to your polling location or an Early Voting Center if you prefer to cast your ballot in person, but it is strongly encouraged. Click here for a list of polling places. Click here for a list of Early Voting Centers

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 (831) 796-1499 or visit


Every registered voter will have the option to vote in-person at their designated polling place on Voting Day, or to visit an Early Voting Center to cast their ballot starting on October 5. 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 or an Early Voting Location to cast a provisional ballot. 


Every registered voter was mailed a Vote-by-Mail ballot by October 5.

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