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Early Voting

Primary Election

  • August 15, 2016: Early Voting can start
  • August 20, 2016: Early Voting must start
  • August 27, 2016: Early Voting can end
  • August 28, 2016: Early Voting must end

General Election

  • October 24, 2016: Early Voting can start
  • October 29, 2016: Early Voting must start
  • November 5, 2016: Early Voting can end
  • November 6, 2016: Early Voting must end

Check with your local Supervisor of Elections office for the specific dates early voting will be held in your county.

You will vote on the same type of voting equipment used on Election Day. Sites included for selection include the main office and branch offices of the Supervisor of Elections, city hall, permanent public library facility, fairground, civic center, courthouse, county commission building, stadium, convention center, government-owned senior center, or government-owned community center. The sites must be located so that they are as convenient as possible to all voters in the county. In addition, a supervisor may designate one early voting site per election in an area of the county that does not have any of the eligible early voting locations. The additional early voting site must be located so that they are as convenient as possible to all voters in the county.

During Early Voting, you can vote at any of the sites, unlike voting on Election Day only at the polling place in your precinct. There are some advantages to using Early Voting instead of Election Day voting, as you get to choose which of the places on the list works best for you. The places chosen for early voting are, in general, designed to be quite accessible. The Early Voting Polling places may have more accessible parking places than some Election Day polling places. Also the Early Voting polling places are more likely to have accessible bathrooms than some of the polling places in use on Election Day. This is because some of the Election Day polling places may be in churches, which are not required to meet ADA accessibility standards for bathrooms.

In some counties, lines are shorter during Early Voting than on Election Day. If you call your Supervisor of Elections office in advance, staff will often be able to tell you where the shortest lines are, as well as the least busy times of the day.  Also keep in mind the number of days and hours of Early Voting can vary per county and your Supervisor of Elections has this information.