Election Information: Vote-by-Mail

Vote-by-Mail Ballots

Alameda County voters can now drop off their ballot anytime in a secure box in Downtown Berkeley. The ballot box in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Building, 2180 Milvia Street, is just a block from BART, is available 24-hours a day and will be in service for every election, including the November 8 Presidential Election.


The Alameda County Registrar of Voters will retrieve Vote-by-Mail ballots from the box daily, ending with 8:00 pm on Election Night. No postage is necessary for a ballots returned to the drop box. 


The Registrar of Voters has an online map of other drop-off boxes elsewhere in the County. 

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT...Remember to use the return envelope provided and to sign the back of your return envelope!

Any registered voter may vote by mail. Voters may request a vote-by-mail ballot by completing the request form from the back of their sample ballot and mailing it to the Registrar of Voters. You may send a written request for a vote-by-mail ballot that includes your name, residence address in Alameda County, the address to which the ballot is to be mailed (if different than your residence) and your signature. A vote-by-mail ballot application can also be downloaded from the Registrar of Voters Absentee Voting Web Page: http://www.acgov.org/rov/votebymail.htm

Vote-by-mail ballot requests and applications should be mailed to:

Registrar of Voters
PO Box 24224
Oakland, CA 94623

You may also fax your request or application to (510) 272-6982.

Written requests, by mail or fax, must be received by the Registrar no later than seven days before an election and must contain a signature. Postmarks are not accepted.

Voters may also cast vote-by-mail ballots in person in the office of the Registrar of Voters during the absentee voting period. The vote-by-mail voting period begins twenty-nine days before an election and extends until the close of polls on election day. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office is open until 8:00 p.m. on election days.

Language Assistance

Pursuant to the Federal Voting Rights Act all Alameda County registration and sample ballot information is available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese as well as English. To speak to a voter outreach worker please call (510) 272-6948. For assistance in Cantonese please call (510) 208-9665. For assistance in Spanish please call (510) 272-6975.