Sacramento County Department of Voter Registration and Elections is reminding voters that despite the new indoor mask mandate, the September 14 recall election voting options will not change. 

“This reminder is in response to online chatter suggesting that voters will not be able to vote in person due to the new mask mandate. Those rumors are false,” said County spokesperson Janna Haynes.

All active, registered voters will receive a Vote by Mail ballot beginning the week of August 16. Voters will have the option to mail back their ballot, drop it off at an official ballot Drop Box or vote in person at one of 30 Vote Centers – some that open 10 days before Election Day (September 4), all that are open at least three days before Election Day (September 11). As a reminder, Vote Center locations are open to any voter in the County – voters can take advantage of any location near where they live, work or play.

As in November 2020, COVID-19 precautions will be in place at all in-person Vote Centers to ensure the safety of both Election staff and voters. Precautions include face coverings and sanitation practices. Voters that cannot or will not wear a face covering, but still wish to vote in person will be accommodated, but may need to allow extra time for Election workers to set up a secluded location for their voting experience.

Important Dates and Links

  • August 16: Ballots will be mailed to all active, registered voters
  • August 16: Drop Boxes open
  • August 30: Last day to register to vote in order to receive a Vote by Mail ballot
  • September 4: 15 11-day Vote Centers open
  • September 11: 15 MORE Vote Centers open
  • September 14: Election Day –  all Vote Centers open until 8:00 pm, all ballots must be in a Drop Box by 8:00 pm, all Vote By Mail ballots must be postmarked by September 14

First release of results: 8:15 pm

  • September 21: The Registrar has seven days to receive any ballot for processing, as long as it is postmarked by September 14
  • October 14: Election must be certified to the Secretary of State’s office