Voters Should Be Aware of Major Changes to Voting in Sac County

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At Sacramento City Unified, we strive to teach students the skills they need to succeed in the workplace or higher education and to be an active participant in the community. One important way we can all contribute to our community is by voting.

It is in that spirit that the district wants to make sure registered voters are aware that big changes are coming to how we vote here in Sacramento County, beginning with this upcoming June 5 election. These changes will give voters greater flexibility to choose how, when and where they cast their ballot, but also means that some traditional neighborhood polling places will no longer be available.

Here are the 4 big changes voters should be aware of:

Vote by Mail

Tip: As soon as you receive your mail-in ballot, you may complete it, place it in the provided envelope (sign the back and add postage), and return it in the mail. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, June 5, to be counted.

Use a Drop Box

Tip: Most libraries will have drop boxes. You can find all drop box locations here.

Vote In Person

Tip: Vote Centers are open on weekends, too. You can vote at ANY Vote Center, not just the one closest to your home. You can find vote center locations and hours here.

Register to Vote at a Vote Center

Tip: You can also update your registration at any Vote Center, like changing an address or selecting a different political party.

Here are the important dates to keep in mind:

May 7 – Ballots begin to be mailed out to EVERY registered voter in Sacramento County.

May 8 - Drop Boxes will be open throughout Sacramento County.

May 26 - Vote Centers begin to open, providing in-person voting for 11 DAYS.

June 2 - MORE Vote Centers will be open, making in-person voting on the Saturday and Sunday prior to Election Day possible for the first time in Sacramento County.

June 5 -  ELECTION DAY! ALL Vote Centers in Sacramento County will be open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. for in-person voting, registering and voting, or for dropping off vote-by-mail ballots.

Tip: Be sure to return your ballot by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Remember to make a plan to vote and, if possible, bring your child with you so they can see our democracy in action.

For more information, visit the Sacramento County Registrar’s website to learn more about how, where and when YOU can vote.