How to vote in San Luis Obispo County
How is the Governor Recall going to work?
- All active registered California voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the September 14, 2021 recall election. Ballots will be mailed starting August 16, 2021.
THE RECALL ELECTIONS BALLOT WILL HAVE TWO QUESTIONS
- QUESTION 1: Do you want to recall Governor Newsom?
- VOTE NO.
- If 50% or more vote NO, the governor will remain in office.
- If more than 50% vote YES, the governor will be removed from office and the person with the most votes in question 2 will replace him.
- QUESTION 2: If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?
- Leave this empty. There are no good candidates to recommend.
Register to vote
- Did you know what CA has Same Day Registration? This means that you can register to vote all the way to election day.
- Register online NOW! It takes 3 minutes.
- Questions? Contact us if you have questions or contact the County Clerk office through their website or their physical office.
You can also REGISTER AND VOTE at the SLO County Clerk office, located at: 1055 Monterey Street. Suite D105. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 – (805) 781-5088
Sign Up to Track Your Ballot
California offers a free service to track your vote-by-mail ballot, get notified when it’s received by your election office! Track your ballot here.
Note: Because it's election law that each person's vote is secret, the election office can't match your name to a ballot. Therefore can't confirm when your specific ballot was counted.
Where and how to vote in the September 14, 2021, Recall Elections in SLO County.
1. TAKE YOUR BALLOT TO A DROP-OFF LOCATION:
- Locations will be open starting August 16, 2021
- List of locations in SLO County can be found here.
2. SEND BALLOT THROUGH REGULAR MAIL
- All registered voters will receive their ballot starting Mid-August.
- Mailing a ballot is free and easy!
- Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day. (There may be delays in the USPS service this year).
Voting in Person on Election Day
- You can find your polling place here: https://clerk.slocounty.ca.gov/pollingplace/
- If you choose to vote in person but you had received your vote by mail (VBM) ballot through the mail, please surrender your VBM ballot at your polling location. You will be given a new ballot for in person voting.
Questions? Call the County Clerk Recorder office at 805-781-5228.
WHY VOTE EARLY?
Voting early AND tracking your ballot will give you enough time to make sure your ballot is received and gets counted properly. Voting early also helps campaigns focus on getting out the votes for outstanding ballots. Voting early can help our campaigns save money and we can move our efforts toward critical and underserved areas. If you know who you’re voting for, vote ASAP.
WHAT IF I CAN’T RETURN THE BALLOT MYSELF?
You may authorize someone to return the ballot on your behalf, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope and they must print and sign their name on the back of the Return Envelope.
WHAT IF MY SIGNATURE HAS CHANGED?
- You can contact the County Clerk Recorder and request a physical registration card, and re-register before October 19th with your new signature.
- When your vote-by-mail ballot is received by your county elections official, your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.
- New legislation requires the Election Office to send letters to voters who forgot to sign their return envelope or whose signatures did not match their signatures on file so their ballots can be validated and counted.
- The County makes every effort to accept signatures as written. When they cannot reconcile your ballot signature with what they have on file, you will receive a written notification. Once you respond to that notice, your ballot will be counted. If you have concerns, check with the County Clerk prior to returning your ballot to see what they have on file.) To preserve the secrecy of your ballot, the ballot will then be separated from the envelope, and then it will be tallied.
- Need any help, have any question? Contact us! We’ll be happy to help you.