Election 2020: How to track your California mail-in ballot and other answers

Staff reports
The Desert Sun

Election Day is fast approaching and registered voters in California are receiving their ballots via mail.

Registered voters can vote by mail, use a ballot drop-off location or vote in person at voter assistance centers. The voter assistance centers will have social distancing measures in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The centers will also offer voter registration, accessible voting machines and language assistance.

The last official day to register to vote is Oct. 19 in California, but those who miss this deadline can still register in person on Election Day and cast a conditional ballot. The conditional ballot won't count until the county elections office completes the voter registration process.

As registered voters begin to receive their ballots, questions arise from voters.

Don't forget to do these things to correctly fill out your ballot

  • According to the Siskiyou County Registrar of Voters, the county elections office will compare your signature on your ballot envelope to the on on your driver's license/state ID or the one provided when registering. This is done to protect your vote.
  • Use a black ink pen or marker. Do not use red ink.
  • Completely fill in the oval next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for. If the oval is not completely filled in, your vote will not count.

Frequently asked questions:

When will I receive my ballot?

The Siskiyou County Clerk's office began sending all eligible voters vote-by-mail ballots on Oct. 5. 

How do I know where my ballot is?

If you'd like to know where your ballot is, sign up for the state's “Where’s My Ballot?" tool at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov. You will receive updates when the elections office mails your ballot, receives your ballot and counts your ballot.

How do I return my ballot?

If you have a mail-in ballot, take it your local post office and it will be sent to the elections office. Make sure it is postmarked before Nov. 3; no stamp is required. If you are returning it in person, you can drop it off at an official drop-off location at the Siskiyou County Clerk's office in Yreka, at Weed's City Hall, or a polling place. Drop it off by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. 

To search for an official ballot drop box location near you, visit https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/  

Laine Henry contributed to this report. You may reach him at laine.Henry@desertsun.com