How Do I ...? Answers to Questions About Elections
- Where is the Elections Office?
- How do I register to vote?
- How can I vote a vote by mail ballot?
does the Secretary of State do?
- How does a
am I in a mail ballot precinct?
- Why does
my polling place move?
The Elections Office is located at 3033 H Street in Eureka in
the old General Hospital. This is the corner of H and Harris Streets in
the Henderson Center neighborhood. We share space with the Community
Development Department, Public Works, the Coroner, and Mental Health.
Access to the shared parking lot is from H Street and I Street.
Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday. Our main phone number is 707-445-7481.
Here's a map that may help...
How do I register to vote?
Registering to vote is easy. You need to fill out a
voter registration affidavit and return it to us at least 15 days prior to the
election in which you want to vote. For specific information,
Any registered voter in California is eligible to vote a vote by mail ballot. Click here to request a vote by mail ballot for the upcoming election (link is available 29 days prior to an election). If you would like to become a permanent vote by mail voter for all future elections, your request must be made in writing. Click here to download and print a permanent vote by mail ballot request form.
The Secretary of State is the state's chief elections
official. He (or she) is responsible for certifying elections systems,
gathering information from the state's 58 counties, and deals with statewide and
legislative candidates among other duties. It is important to note that
while the Secretary of State is responsible for state election
responsibilities, each county has its own elections official either appointed by
the Board of Supervisors or elected by the voters of the county. The local
elections official does not take orders from the Secretary of State but answers
directly to the local voters and Board of Supervisors.
For more information about the Secretary of State, visit the
official web site.
Recalling an elected official is an exacting process with
critical requirements and deadlines but it is not impossible. In the not
too distant past, a special district official and school district officials
were recalled in Humboldt County. There are several sources of
information including a guide prepared by local elections officials, another
prepared by the Secretary of State, and finally the ultimate sources:
The following links will take you a recall guide and its table
of contents. The guide has more links to other sites with additional
Elections Code §3005 provides that precincts with fewer than 250 voters may be sent vote by mail ballots instead of setting up a polling place. In a countywide election, anywhere from 10 to 15 precincts will be made mail ballot precincts saving the County several thousands of dollars. Return your vote by mail ballot early to ensure it is received no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Alternatively, you may drop your vote by mail ballot off at any polling location on Election Day. There is an insert included with your vote by mail ballot that tells you the location of polling places nearest to you
We try to use the same polling place for each
countywide election so your polling place normally does not move from the
primary to the general election. If we are conducting smaller elections --
like for a city council or school district where the turnout will be lower -- we
do not need as many polling places so we consolidate precincts into fewer
polling places. In this case your "usual" polling place could
move... sometimes across town. This is often confusing when we have
district elections in November of odd-numbered years followed by the June
You can always determine where your polling
place is by looking at the back of your sample ballot. This contains the
name and address of your polling place. And you can always call our office
at 445-7481 and we can tell you where your polling place is. Or, you can
take the guesswork out of it altogether and apply for a permanent absentee
ballot. We will automatically send you a ballot for each election in which
you are eligible to vote. For more information, look at our pages on Vote by Mail Voting.
Revised: April 17, 2013.