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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
(661) 868-3590 or 1-800-452-8683 Fax # (661) 868-3768
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VOTE BY MAIL VOTING
 
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Vote By Mail Ballot Request Form.


PERMANENT VOTE BY MAIL VOTING
 
Any registered voter may apply for permanent vote-by-mail voter status. If you are a permanent vote-by-mail voter, you will automatically receive a vote by mail ballot for each election. To become a permanent vote-by-mail voter, you must complete an application, which is available upon request from the Kern County Elections Office, or by downloading the form from the link provided below. You can also request to have a form sent to you by calling or sending a letter. Your Permanent vote-by-mail status will end if you do not vote in two consecutive statewide general elections.

Call the Elections Office, at (661)868-3590, for a Permanent Vote By Mail Request Form.


Request For 2ND Ballot

WARNING: VOTING TWICE IS A CRIME

DO NOT vote both ballots. A computer tracks the ballots sent and returned by you. Voting twice is a crime. If you try and vote twice your name will be turned over to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Call the Elections Office, at (661)868-3590, for a second issue.


The Process of Voting Vote By Mail

Any registered voter may vote by mail. Rather than go to the polls to cast a ballot on election day, you may apply for a vote by mail ballot, which you will need to complete and return to the Kern County Elections Office.

To apply for a vote by mail ballot, you may use the application printed on your Sample Ballot, which you will receive prior to every election, download a Vote By Mail Ballot Request Form from this site, or apply in writing to:

Kern County Elections Office
1115 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639

You will need to submit a completed application or letter to the Kern County Elections Office between 29 days and 7 days before the election.

The application or letter must contain:
  1. your printed name as stated on your registration card,
  2. your registered residence address,
  3. the address where you want the vote by mail ballot sent (if different than your registered address),
  4. name and date of election,
  5. your written signature,
  6. current date,
  7. telephone number (not required, but helpful).
     
Once your application is processed by the Kern County Elections Office, the proper ballot type/style will be sent to you. After you have voted, insert your ballot in the envelope provided for this purpose, making sure you complete all required information on the envelope.

You may return your voted vote by mail ballot by
  1. mailing it to the Kern County Elections Office; or
  2. returning it in person to a polling place or elections office within your county on election day; or
  3. authorizing a legally-allowable third party (relative or person residing in the same household as you) to return the ballot on your behalf.
Regardless of how the ballot is returned, it MUST be received by the Kern County Elections Office by the time polls close (8 p.m.) on election day. Late-arriving vote by mail ballots are not counted.

Once your voted vote by mail ballot is received by the Kern County Elections Office, your signature on the vote by mail ballot return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to determine that you are the authorized voter. To preserve the secrecy of your ballot, the ballot will then be separated from the envelope and the ballot becomes as anonymous and secret as any other ballot.

For more information on vote by mail voting, please visit the California Secretary of State Web Site and view their publication A Guide to Vote By Mail Voting.



You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print the
Vote By Mail Ballot Request Form.



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