Vote by Mail

Who can vote by vote-by-mail ballot?

All registered voters may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for an upcoming election at any time.

How can I apply for a vote-by-mail ballot?

Voters who are not registered as permanent absentees, but wish to vote by mail must submit an application for a vote-by-mail ballot. There are two ways to apply.

  1. Prior to each election, the City Clerk mails all voters an official sample ballot booklet. The Official Sample Ballot booklet includes a printed vote by mail application on the back cover page. You may tear, sign and return the application attached to the booklet.
  2. You can also download and print the California Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application, fill it out and mail it to the Los Angeles County Clerk’s office. Your application should be mailed to P.O. Box 1024, Norwalk, CA 90651-1024
    • The same application can be used to apply for Permanent Vote By Mail Status.
    • Your application must be received by the County Clerk’s Office no later than 7 days prior to election day, in this case by May 28, 2019.

What information must be included in my application?

Your application must include your printed name, date of birth, your residence address, the address to which you want the vote-by-mail ballot sent (if different from your residential address), and the name and date of the election for which you are applying. In addition, you must sign and date your application.

Permanent Vote-by-Mail Voter Status

Under state law, a voter may apply for permanent vote by mail status. As a permanent vote-by-mail voter, you will no longer have to apply for future elections. A ballot will automatically be mailed to you for each election in which you are eligible to vote.

As of January 1, 2006, a voter’s name will be deleted from the permanent vote by mail voter list if he or she fails to return a vote by mail ballot for two (2) consecutive statewide general elections.

  1. You may request an application for Permanent Vote By Mail status by calling 1(800)815-2666
  2. You may also download, print and mail Los Angeles County’s Permanent Vote by Mail Application.
  3. Mail your application to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, P.O. Box 30450 Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450

Voting By Mail

Once your application is processed by your county elections official, your ballot will be sent to you.

You may return your voted ballot by

  • Mail: Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day.  
  • If you are not sure that your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, you can also bring it to any polling place in your county between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • You can also drop your ballot off at your county’s ballot drop boxes before the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • If you unable to, you can also authorize someone to return the ballot on your behalf, by completing the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.

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