Voter Guide General Information

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections

This page has information found in the Marin County Voter Guide.

Index

Vote By Mail

VOTE BY MAIL

Ballots mailed starting October 4

All active registered voters will get a ballot in the mail. Allow 5-7 days for delivery.

Ballot Packet

Packet includes ballot, instructions and postage-paid return envelope. Date and sign your return envelope.

Ballot Return Options

  • By Mail: It is recommended to mail you ballot at least 1 week before Election Day, November 2. Envelope must be postmarked on or before November 2 and received by November 9.
  • Elections Department: 3501 Civic Center Dr, Room 121, San Rafael
    Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Election Day 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Drop Box: Drop boxes available at the Marin County Civic Center starting October 4 to Election Day, November 2, 8 p.m. A list of Drop Box Locations is available on our website.
  • Polling Place: Election Day 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A List of Polling Places is available on our website.

Elections Department

Elections Department, 3501 Civic Center Dr, Room 121, San Rafael

Vote by Mail voting and voting using an accessible marking device available:

  • October 4 - November 1, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Election Day: November 2, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Same day registering and voting available:

  • October 26- November 1, weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Election Day: November 2, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you have questions, you can go to our Frequently asked questions, email us or call 415-473-6456.

In-Person Voting

IN-PERSON VOTING

Polling Place

Election Day: November 2, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you want to vote a ballot at the polls you must:

  1. Bring the ballot you got in the mail.
  2. Give the ballot to the poll worker. The poll worker will then give you a new ballot to vote.
  • If you do not bring the ballot you got in the mail, you will have to vote a Provisional Ballot. For more information see our Provisional Ballots FAQs.

Pens will be provided but you may bring your own blue or black ink pen to mark your ballot.

Same day registering and voting available:

  • Election Day: November 2, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please follow the Marin County's current guidelines for masking.

A List of Polling Places is available on our website.

NOTE: If a precinct has less than 250 voters, it will not be assigned to a polling place. All voters inside that precinct can only vote by mail. Election Code 3005

If you have questions, you can go to our Frequently asked questions, email us or call 415-473-6456.

Key Dates

Key Dates for the November 2, 2021 Special Election

  • October 4:
    • Vote-by-Mail ballots start to be mailed. Please allow 5-7 days for it to arrive to you.
    • Vote-by-Mail ballots can be issued at the Elections Department weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Vote-by-Mail Ballot Drop Boxes available at the Marin County Civic Center
  • October 18: Voter Registration deadline
  • October 19: Conditional Voter Registration and same day voting begins at the Elections Department
  • October 26: Last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed (voters can still pick up a ballot at the Elections Department)
  • November 2, 2021: Election Day
    • Elections Department open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. May register and vote at Elections Department
    • Vote-by-mail ballot envelopes must be signed and postmarked on or before this day
    • Voters can return their vote-by-mail ballot (in its signed envelope) to the Elections Department, any Polling Place, or any Drop Box Locations by 8 p.m.

Access or Language Needs

ACCESS OR LANGUAGE NEEDS

  • Where is my polling place?
  • Is my polling place accessible?
    • The List of Polling Places on our website has the accessibility of each polling place.
      • YES - meets all requirements
      • NO - Does not meet all requirements, but it may be OK for you. Call for details 415-473-6456. If your polling place is not accessible, call at least 1 week before Election Day for an alternative location.
    • Check the Polling Place Accessibility page on our website for more information.
  • Need support at the polls?
    • Each polling place has:
      • An accessible marking device to help you mark your ballot independently and privately. A sip/puff device can be provided on Election Day by calling in advance.
      • An accessible voting booth, magnifiers, pens with easy to hold grips.
      • Curbside voting if you cannot physically get inside your polling place. Call when you are outside. A poll worker will bring you a ballot and then put your voted ballot into the ballot box.
  • Where is an accessible voting machine?
    • An accessible marking device is at the Elections Office and every Polling Place.
  • What if I do not speak English well?
    • The poll worker will:
      • Point out instructions in voting booth.
      • Demonstrate how to mark the ballot.
    • When required, translated ballots are posted at polls. Some polls have a bilingual worker; tell us if you need bilingual service.
  • Sign language interpreter.
    • Schedule an appointment at the Elections Office, call at least 1 week in advance. TTY 415-473-6899 or CA Relay Service 711
  • Can I get a ride to my polling place?
    • Marin Access 415-454-0902 provides services for older adults, persons with disabilities and low-income residents. You may need to register. Call immediately to find out how they can help you. Check the Transportation Assistance page on our website for more information.
  • Can I vote-by-mail?
    • All active registered voters will automatically get a ballot in the mail. To check your registration status, use our Voter information Portal (VIP) or call 415-473-6456.
    • Ballots will be mailed starting October 4. Allow 5-7 days for delivery.
    • If you do not receive your ballot, call the Elections Department, 415-473-6456, for a replacement ballot.
  • Alternative formats upon request.
    • Braille, large print, or CD may be available for measure information and County publications. Call 415-473-6456 (voice), 415-473-6899 (TTY), or email us.

If you have questions, you can go to our Frequently asked questions, email us or call 415-473-6456.

Requesting a Translated Copy of Sample Ballot

Requesting a translated copy of the sample ballot

The sample ballot in some precincts has been translated into Spanish. The sample ballot in some precincts has been translated into Vietnamese. To request a copy, contact the Elections Department no later than seven days before the election:

  • Call 415-473-6456
  • Email: votebymail@marincounty.org
  • Mail a written request to PO Box E, San Rafael, CA 94913. Must arrive seven days before Election Day.

The sample ballot is for information only.


Cómo solicitar una copia traducida de la boleta de muestra

En algunos recintos, la boleta de muestra ha sido traducida al español. Para solicitar una copia, comuníquese con el Departamento Electoral a más tardar siete días antes de la elección.

  • Llame al 415-473-6456
  • Email: votebymail@marincounty.org
  • Envíe una solicitud escrita a P.O. Box E, San Rafael, CA 94913. Tiene que llegar siete días antes del día de la elección.

La boleta de muestra es solo para fines informativos.