Voter Guide General Information

Lynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters, Elections

This page has general/generic information from the Marin County Voter Guide.


Vote By Mail


Ballots mailed starting February 1

Vote-by-mail 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.

Return Ballot

Drop boxes available at the Marin County Civic Center:

  • 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.
  • Starting February 15, walk-up drop box open 24/7, Civic Center South Archway, Peter Behr Drive
  • Starting February 15, drive-up drop box open 24/7, Civic Center North Archway, Vera Schultz Drive

Or, mail your ballot. Envelope must be postmarked on or before March 2 and received by March 5.

If you have questions, you can go to our Frequently asked questions, email us or call 1-415-473-6456.

In-Person Voting


Elections Department

Vote by Mail voting available:

  • February 1 - March 1, open weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Election Day: March 2, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Polling Place

Election Day: March 2, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Masks and social distancing will be required for in-person voting for the protection of poll workers and voters.

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

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 1-415-473-6456.

Key Dates


  • February 1: Ballots mailed and vote-by-mail begins in Elections Department weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • February 12: Contact Elections Department if you have not received your ballot
  • February 15: Last day to mail voter registration form
  • February 16: Late registration begins in the Elections Department and continues until 8 p.m. on Election Day
  • February 23: Application for a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by the Elections Department to fulfill the request by mail
  • March 2, 2021: Election Day
    • Polls and Elections Department open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. May register and vote at polling place or Elections Department
    • Vote-by-mail ballot envelopes must be signed and postmarked on or before this day
    • Voters can drop their vote-by-mail ballot (in its signed envelope) at the Elections Department or polling place by 8 p.m.

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 1-415-473-6456. 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.
      • A wheelchair-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 each 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?
  • 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

If you have questions, you can go to our Frequently asked questions, email us or call 1-415-473-6456.

Requesting a Translated Copy of Sample Ballot

Requesting a translated copy of the sample ballot

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

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

Your polling place will offer its sample ballot in Spanish

Go to to find the list of polling places and sample ballot languages provided at those locations.

Marking your ballot

If you are unable to mark your ballot, you may bring up to two individuals to the polls to assist you. These individuals cannot be your employer or union representative.

Cómo solicitar una copia traducida de la boleta de muestra

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:
  • Envíe una solicitud escrita a P.O. Box E, San Rafael, CA 94913.
    Tiene que llegar siete días antes del día de la elección.

El sitio donde a usted le corresponde votar, ofrecerá su boleta de muestra en español

En encontrará la lista de los lugares de votación y los idiomas en que está disponible la boleta de muestra en esos lugares.

Para marcar su boleta electoral

Si usted no puede marcar su boleta electoral, puede traer hasta dos personas al lugar de votación para que le ayuden. Estas personas no pueden ser ni su empleador (patrón) ni tampoco su representante sindical (de la unión).