Voter Registration and
Vote-by-Mail Drives

Voter Registration: Candidates and/or committees wishing to distribute voter registration cards may obtain cards in English or English/Spanish from the Elections Department during regular office hours.

For any quantity of 50 or more, the individual requesting the cards must fill out an application and obtain a "Guide to Registering Voters" from elections staff in the Elections Department. For quantities of 2,000 or more, the distribution form is transmitted to the Secretary of State's Office. (California Administrative Code 20001g)

Citizens or organizations which distribute voter registration cards shall give a voter registration card to any person requesting it.

Completed cards must be returned to the Elections Department within 3 business days or by the close of registration. Failure to do so is a misdemeanor.

October 10, 2000 is the last date to register to vote in the November 7, 2000 general election. (The actual deadline is October 9, but since it is a holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day)

Vote-by-Mail Ballots: Any organization or citizen wishing to distribute more than 10 absentee applications may obtain camera-ready copy of a state-approved, uniform application and have the application printed in any quantity.

Camera-ready forms are available in English and Spanish. The Elections Department also provides a guide on how to duplicate the form. It is extremely important that candidates and/or committees adhere to the format and to include the committee’s name, address and telephone number at the bottom of the vote-by-mail application. (Elections Code 3006 and 3007)

Any individual, organization, or group that distributes absentee voter applications shall return the forms to the appropriate elections official within 36 hours of receiving the completed form, or before the deadline for application, whichever is sooner. (Elections Code 3008)

October 10, 2000 is the first day absent voter ballots may be issued for the November 7, 2000 election. Any application received prior to that date will be kept on file and processed during the application period.

A written request/application sent by mail for an absent voter ballot must be received by the Elections Department by 5 p.m. on October 29, 2000. Ballots are available at the Elections Department from November 1 to November 7 upon filing a Late Absentee Ballot application.

Applications for absentee ballots received in the mail after October 29 will not be processed. A letter of explanation will be sent to the applicant advising the voter that the application was received after the deadline.

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