Important Election Dates and Deadlines

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November 8, 2016, Consolidated General Election

Date(s) Event
September 24
(E-45)
Military and Overseas Voter Ballots
Deadline to transmit ballots to military and overseas voters who have requested them by that date. Transmission of ballots to voters who submit applications after this date continues through Tuesday, November 1.  
October 7
(E-32)
Permanent Vote-By-Mail Voter Ballots
Estimated date when voters who have applied to vote by mail for all elections will begin receiving their ballots.  Mailing to new applicants continues through Tuesday, November 1.
October 10
(E-29)
Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot Mailing
Deadline to mail the Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot to voters. Mailing to voters who register after this date continues through Wednesday, November 2.
October 11
(E-28)
City Hall Voting Center Opens
Voting is available at the Department of Elections office on the ground floor of City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting is also available on the weekends of October 29-30 and November 5-6.

October 10 is a legal holiday; the City Hall Voting Center is closed.

October 24
(E-15)
Voter Registration Deadline for the November 8 Election
Last day to register to vote. Voters who have moved or change their name must re-register to vote. The Voter Registration Form must be mailed (postmarked by this date) or delivered to the Department of Elections by this date and is effective upon receipt. The Voter Registration Form may also be submitted by this date to the Department of Motor Vehicles or any National Voter Registration Act designated agency.
October 25-November 1
(E-14 – E-7)
New Resident Registration and Voting
Extension of registration deadline for people who become residents after the registration deadline, October 24. During this seven-day period, new residents must register and vote in person at the Department of Elections, and are eligible to vote only for President and Vice President.
October 25-November 8
(E-14 – E-0)
New Citizen Registration and Voting
Extension of registration deadline for new citizens who are sworn in after the registration deadline, October 24. New citizens must vote in person at the Department of Elections, and must show proof of citizenship and declare that they have established residency in California in order to register and vote during this 15-day period.
October 29-October 30
(E-10 - E-9)
Weekend Voting at the City Hall Voting Center
Hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (the public must enter City Hall on Grove Street)
November 1
(E-7)
Last Day to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
Written or telephone requests must be received by the Department of Elections by 5 p.m. Online requests must be submitted by 11:59 p.m.
November 2-November 8
(E-6 - E-0)
Request to Pick Up a Vote-by-Mail Ballot
During this period, vote-by-mail ballots are available to voters who are unable to vote at the polls. A voter may authorize anyone to pick up a ballot at the City Hall Voting Center. The voter must submit a written authorization, signed under penalty of perjury, that includes the voter’s name, date of birth, signature, residential address, and the name of person authorized to pick up the ballot.
November 5-November 6
(E-3 - E-2)
Weekend Voting at the City Hall Voting Center
Hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (the public must enter City Hall on Grove Street).
November 8
(E-0)
Election Day
Polling places and the City Hall Voting Center are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

8 p.m. Deadline for Personal Delivery of Vote-by-Mail Ballots
Ballots that are personally delivered must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

8 p.m. Deadline for Faxed Vote-by-Mail Ballots Last day a military or overseas voter who is living outside of the United States (or is called for service within the United States on or after November 1, 2016) may return his or her ballot by facsimile transmission. Faxed ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day and must be accompanied by an identification envelope and a signed oath of voter.
November 14*
(E+6)
Deadline for Mail or Delivery Service Receipt of Vote-by-Mail Ballots
Any vote-by-mail ballot cast shall be deemed timely if it is received by the Department of Elections via the United States Postal Service or a bona fide private mail delivery company no later than three days after Election Day and either of the following is satisfied: 1) The vote-by-mail ballot return envelope is postmarked on or before Election Day or is time stamped or date stamped by a bona fide private mail delivery company on or before Election Day, or, 2) If the ballot return envelope has no postmark, a postmark with no date, or an illegible postmark, the vote-by-mail ballot identification envelope is date stamped by the elections official upon receipt of the vote-by-mail ballot from the United States Postal Service or a bona fide private mail delivery company, and is signed and dated on or before Election Day.
December 8
(E+30)
Deadline to Complete Canvass and Certify Election Results
The Department of Elections shall prepare a certified statement of results and submit it to the governing body.

 *When the legal deadline falls on a weekend or state holiday, the deadline moves forward to the next business day.