Absentee Ballot

Any registered voter may choose to vote by mail- called absentee voting-instead of voting at their polling place on Election Day. The Elections Department must have a signed request in writing for an absentee ballot in order to mail a ballot to a voter. Ballots may be mailed anywhere in the world. Voted absentee ballots must be received by the Elections Department by 8:00 on Election Day in order to be counted. The absentee ballot envelope must be signed by the voter in order to be counted . The signature is verified on every absentee ballot received by the Elections Department.

How To Request An Absentee Ballot You will receive a sample ballot pamphlet in the mail approximately 3-4 weeks prior to an election that you are eligible to vote in. The back cover of the sample ballot will have an application to request an absentee ballot. If you complete, sign and mail the application to the Elections Department so that we receive it prior to the 7th day before the election , we will mail you ballot to the address specified on the application.
It is not necessary to wait for your sample ballot to request an absentee ballot. You may request a ballot on a plain piece of paper and mail it to: Tehama County Elections, PO Box 250, Red Bluff, Ca 96080. Please write legibly and include:
  • The election you are requesting a ballot for
  • Your full name
  • Your residence address
  • The address you would like your ballot mailed to
  • Your signature
  • Telephone number (optional

Or You may print out our Vote-by-Mail Application, complete the form and mail it to: Tehama County Elections, PO Box 250, Red Bluff, Ca 96080.
Returning Your Voted Absentee Ballot You may return your voted absentee ballot by mail, by bringing it into the Elections Department or by dropping it off at any Tehama County polling place on Election Day. If you are unable to return your ballot yourself, you may have a relative (spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister) deliver the ballot for you. The voted ballot must be returned to one of the above locations no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day in order to be counted, depositing it at a post office on Election Day does not constitute being returned in the proper manner. Be sure to sign your ballot envelope or we cannot count your ballot.
The Elections Department will begin mailing out requested absentee ballots 29 days before the election and continuing until the 7th day prior to the election. A voter may come into the office and pick up their ballot starting on this 29th day. We will accept voted ballots beginning that day.
Frequently Asked Questions Q-What if I make a mistake on my absentee ballot? A- If you make a mistake on your ballot, or if it is lost or destroyed, please call the Election Department for instructions on how to obtain a second ballot.
Q-If I mailed my ballot but am not sure it will make it to you by Election Day...can I still Vote? A-Yes, you can vote a 'provisional' ballot. Call the Elections Department for more details.
Q-Do I have to request an absentee ballot every time? A-You must request an absentee ballot every time you want to vote by mail unless you have requested and qualify for 'permanent' absentee status. Call the Election Department for more details.