Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
Emergency Vote-by-Mail Ballot Requests
If you have not submitted your vote-by-mail application by the deadline, you can still obtain a ballot when conditions prevent you from voting at a polling place on Election Day. Written application signed under penalty of perjury is required.
Find Out if You Are Already a Vote-by-Mail Voter
If you think you may already be a permanent vote-by-mail voter (this means you automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot every election) you can verify your status using our lookup tool.
Types of Vote-by-Mail Voters
Voting-by-mail allows voters to obtain and submit their ballots for any election by mail. It’s easy to request a vote-by-mail ballot:
- Permanent vote-by-mail voters do not need to request a ballot; one will automatically be mailed to those voters for future elections.
- A one-time request for a vote-by-mail ballot is election specific. This type of application is only valid for one election.
It is important to remember that the voted ballot must be received, not just postmarked, by the Registrar of Voters’ office or any Orange County polling place no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Canceling Your Permanent Vote-by-Mail Status
Even though it is referred to as “permanent” vote-by-mail voter any voter can remove the permanent status and apply each election for a vote-by-mail ballot or return to your local polling place to vote in-person.
Detailed Vote-by Mail Ballot Instructions
Our instructions describe in detail the rules and laws surrounding vote-by-mail voting. It is important for you to read these instructions for completing and returning your vote-by-mail ballot.