Thank you to the Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters/Elections Office for many of the questions and answers provided here.


General Registration Questions

Can I Vote?
How can I register to vote?
Is voter registration information confidential?

Registration Deadlines

What is the deadline to register to vote?
What if I start to fill out the online voter registration but don’t finish until after midnight on the 15th day before the Election, am I too late?

Registration Status

How can I find out if I’m registered to vote?
When do I have to update my registration?
Where can I obtain proof of registration?
I moved outside Contra Costa County, how do I cancel my registration?

Military and Overseas

Can military personnel register and receive a ballot?
Can citizens living overseas register and receive a ballot?
How can I obtain a Voter Registration Application?

Still Have Questions?

If I have any questions, how can I contact the Elections Office?


Becoming a Vote By Mail Voter (VBM)

How can I become a Vote By Mail voter?
How can I make a one-time request for a Vote By Mail ballot?
Why am I a Vote By Mail voter if I didn’t request to be one?

Questions About my Vote By Mail Ballot

When can I expect my ballot in the mail?
What do I do if I damage or lose the ballot?
How can I check the status of my Vote By Mail ballot?
Are there any special instructions for voting by mail?

Returning my Vote By Mail Ballot

What’s the deadline to return the Vote By Mail ballot?
How much does it cost to mail my Vote By Mail ballot?
What are other ways I can return my Vote By Mail ballot?

Accessibility and Language Assistance

I have a physical disability, will I be able to go into a polling place and vote?
I feel more comfortable with another language, is there language assistance?


Can I campaign for my candidate or for a cause at the polls?
Can I go to the polls and see how the voting takes place?
I became a new citizen just after the deadline to registration to vote, can I vote?
I am a victim of domestic violence and I don’t want my name listed at the poll. Is there a way I can vote?
I am a registered voter but I am laid up in a hospital. How can I vote?
I am being held in the county jail before my trial, can I vote?


Things You Can Expect at the Polls
Mark Your Ballot
Language Assistance
Poll Watchers


  1. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are a valid registered voter.
  2. You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voting rolls.
  3. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are present and in line at the polling place prior to the close of the polls.
  4. You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation.
  5. You have the right to receive a new ballot if, prior to casting your ballot, you believe you made a mistake.
  6. You have the right to receive assistance in casting your ballot, if you are unable to vote without assistance.
  7. You have the right to return a completed vote-by-mail ballot to any precinct in the county.
  8. You have the right to election materials in another language, if there are sufficient residents in your precinct to warrant production.
  9. You have the right to ask questions about election procedures and to observe the elections process.
  10. You have the right to report any illegal or fraudulent activity to a local elections official or to the Secretary of State’s Office.

If you believe you have been denied any of these rights, or if you are aware of any elections fraud or misconduct, please call the Contra Costa Elections Office at (925) 335-7800 or call the toll free number 1-877-335-7802