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When Is The Deadline To Submit My Vote-By-Mail Ballot?

This trailer houses several voting booths. Mobile voting centers like this one will be deployed across L.A. throughout the primaries. (Chava Sanchez/ LAist)
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With Election Day just a few days away, our Voter Game Plan team is continuing to answer all your questions about voting.

One question we've been getting lately: "When's the deadline to submit my vote-by-mail ballot?"

Your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked by Election Day, March 3, in order to be counted. And just a reminder, there are a couple of different ways that you can turn it in:

  • Drop it in a mailbox — postage is free, so no need to add a stamp.
  • Bring it to any vote center in the county
  • Put it in a vote-by-mail drop box
  • Designate another person to drop it off for you — as long as that person doesn't get paid to pick up ballots. There's a space on your ballot envelope to write the name of the person you've tapped to turn in your vote.

Here's where you can find drop-off locations near you:
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And if you forgot to request your vote-by-mail ballot (that deadline was Feb. 25), or maybe you lost or damaged yours, you can still vote in person at any voting center in your county.
Find more answers to voting questions, plus guides on races for L.A. district attorney, Board of Supervisors, LAUSD, L.A. Superior Court judges and more, visit our Voter Game Plan website. If you have more questions, let us know below.