Tulare County Registrar of Voters Rita A. Woodard reminds all voters in the upcoming primary election that Vote by Mail ballots will be available beginning May 5. If you have not been using Vote by Mail, and want a Vote by Mail ballot mailed to you, the Registrar of Voters Office must receive your request by May 27.
Vote by Mail ballots must be received by the Registrar of Voters Office by 8pm on Election Day, June 3. Woodard recommends that you mail your ballot back by Wednesday, May 28. In order for your ballot to be counted you must include your signature on the return envelope.
Other ways to return a Vote by Mail ballot:
- There are now drive-through official drop boxes in front of Government Plaza and in the east parking lot at the Visalia Courthouse (by the rose garden).
- You can also return a Vote by Mail ballot in person during normal business hours, either at the Tulare County Registrar of Voters Office at the Government Plaza Building, 5951 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, or at the Tulare County Auditor’s Office at the Visalia Courthouse, 221 S. Mooney Blvd., Room 101E, Visalia.
- On Election Day, you can also drop your completed Vote by Mail ballot off at any polling place in Tulare County.
- You can authorize a family member to drop off your Vote by Mail ballot for you, but in order for your ballot to count, your representative can only be one of the following: spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister or any person residing in the voter’s home. Your representative can drop your ballot off at the Tulare County Registrar of Voters Office, the Tulare County Auditor’s Office, either of the two official drop boxes, or any polling place on Election Day.
As per Elections Code 15101, the Registrar of Voters also hereby notifies all interested organizations that the verification of signatures on Vote by Mail ballots cast for the Primary Election will commence on May 5, in the Tulare County Registrar of Voters Office, 5951 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia. On May 23, or at any time thereafter, the opening, processing and central count accumulation of Vote by Mail ballots will commence. This process is open to observers and will continue until all election results are tabulated and the election is certified. To be an observer, call Ann Turner at 624-7300.