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County of Kern Elections Division
Registrar of Voters

Mary B. Bedard, CPA
1115 Truxtun Avenue, 1st Floor Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639
Regular Office Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mon-Fri
Fax # (661) 868-3768 (661) 868-3590 or 1-800-452-8683
County Building

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Vote by Mail

If you are a registered voter, you have the option of voting by mail. It’s easy, safe and convenient. You will receive your ballot in the mail. After voting, send it back in the return envelope provided. To become a Permanent Vote by Mail voter and receive your ballot by mail for every election you are eligible to vote in, or if you want to request a one-time vote by mail ballot, click on the corresponding link below. Please make your request no later than seven days before the election you wish to vote in.

Permanent Vote by Mail Request Form

One-time Vote by Mail Ballot Request (Available starting 29 days prior to an election)

  • Apply by phone at (661) 868-3590.
  • Or complete the application included with your sample ballot.

Was your ballot mismarked, lost, or damaged? Request a replacement ballot (Available 45 days prior to an election)

Did you forget to sign your vote by mail return envelope? Complete the Unsigned Ballot Envelope Statement (Available 60 days prior to an election) to ensure your ballot gets counted.

Check the status of your ballot and see when it was issued and returned. Vote by Mail Status (Available 60 days prior to an election)

To cancel your permanent vote by mail status, download and complete the application.

When we receive your ballot, your signature on the Vote-by-Mail return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to make sure that it matches and that you are the authorized voter. Your ballot will then be separated from the envelope to preserve its secrecy.