Drop Box General Information

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections
Official Marin County ballot drop boxAn example of the official County of Marin ballot drop box. Click on the image to enlarge it.

What is a Ballot Drop Box?

A Ballot Drop Box is a secure, well-marked box where voters can return their completed ballot. Voters can return their ballot to any box. Ballot Drop Boxes are serviced by deputized employees of the County Elections Department working in teams of two.

How Often Are Ballots Collected?

Ballots are collected on a regular schedule multiple times a week by deputized employees of the County Elections Department working in teams of two. Pick-up frequency will be adjusted to accommodate higher volume. Ballots are sealed in secure containers during transport.

Is the Ballot Drop Box Secure?

Ballot Drop Boxes are constructed similarly to those used by USPS, FedEx and UPS.  Ballot Drop Boxes are bolted on the inside into concrete or secured to an immovable object using industrial strength hardware. The opening is narrow and designed in a way that prevents tampering or retrieval of envelopes. Each Ballot Drop Box is inspected by the pick-up team for damage or evidence of tampering. Local law enforcement agencies have been notified of the locations so they can monitor Ballot Drop Boxes daily while on patrol.

When are Ballot Drop Boxes Available?

For the November 3, 2020 election, there will be 13 outdoor Ballot Drop Boxes available 24/7 starting October 6.  On Election Day (November 3, 2020), Ballot Drop Boxes will be closed and locked at 8 p.m. The Elections Department has an indoor Ballot Drop Box available weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; October 31 and November 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Election Day, November 3, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. All polling places will have a Ballot Drop Box available October 31 through November 2 during hours of operation and on November 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Refer to the list of polling places for hours of operation.

Where Can I Find My Nearest Ballot Drop Box?

Use the link to the Ballot Drop Box Lookup Map or the List of Drop Box Locations.

How Do I Know You Received My Ballot?

You can sign up for notifications when your ballot is mailed, received, and counted. Visit BallotTrax to sign up. You may also check the Voter Information Portal or call the Elections Department at (415) 473-6456.