Voter FAQ

When is the election?
Election Day in California is September 14, 2021.

Can you explain the ballot?
There are two questions on the ballot. The first is whether to recall Gov. Newsom, and the second is which candidate should replace him in the event of a successful recall. Because there are 46 candidates, the names appear on both sides of the ballot. You are free to answer both questions or just one of them.

How does the election work?
If a majority votes “no” on the first question, Gavin Newsom will remain as governor. If a majority votes “yes,” Newsom will be removed. Then, whoever gets the most votes on the second question will replace Newsom. With 46 candidates running, the person who wins is not likely to get a majority of the votes.

What if I’m not registered to vote?
You have until August 30 to register and receive a mail-in ballot. If you miss the deadline, no worries – California has same-day registration. You can “conditionally” register and vote in person at your county elections office, vote center, or polling location up to and including Election Day. Your ballot will be counted once the county elections office completes its voter registration verification process.

You can find more information on registering to vote here: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/votingresources/voting-california/registering-vote

How do I check my voter registration status?
You can visit VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov to learn your status.

How do I correctly fill out a mail-in ballot?
You will need to mark the ballot with a blue or black ink pen for the form to scan properly. Then, place your ballot in the return envelope (no postage is required), seal it, print your name and address on the backside, sign and date in the box marked “Voter, sign and date in the box below.”

If you are not able to sign, you will need a witness (over the age of 18) to watch as you make a mark in the space provided, and then that person must sign the envelope.

When do I return my ballot?
Ballots must be postmarked, placed in a dropbox, or delivered to a polling place by 8 p.m. on September 14. All ballots come with return envelopes with prepaid postage, ensuring that voting is free and convenient.

In California, it’s also legal to have someone drop off your ballot. Remember that person’s name, signature, and relationship to you are required on the envelope.

How do I find a dropbox for my ballot?
You can find a drop box location by visiting the Secretary of State’s website, https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/, or by looking up your county elections office here: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place.

You will find a dropbox in the lobby of APAPA’s national headquarters at 4000 Truxel Road, Suite 3, in Sacramento. You can drop off your ballot at this location or any polling place in California.

Can I get election materials in my language?
The Secretary of State can help voters in 10 languages including Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Spanish, and English. For assistance in your language call one of the toll-free Voter Hotlines: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voting-california/voterhotlines

How do I know my ballot has been counted?
You can track your ballot every step of the way – when it is mailed, received, and counted. The Secretary of States says sign up at https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/wheres-my-ballot to receive automatic updates by email, text message (SMS), or voice call.

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