Don’t be confused by this postcard from the USPS!

National Voter Registration Day LogoThis information is provided as part of the El Cerrito Library Foundation’s participation in the National Voters Registration Day Program. As of September 16, there are only 47 days before the November 3rd Election Day. It is important that we all be prepared to vote and return our ballots in a timely manner. The purpose of this post is to help make that happen.

Don’t be confused by this postcard from the USPS!

Most El Cerrito Residents received this postcard from the USPS the week of September 7, 2020. Please understand that is was written for general distribution, so some of the information it contains does not match the Vote-By-Mail (VBM) procedures established by the Contra Costa County Elections Office.

Post Card

More information about Vote By Mail (VBM) voting and Early Voting.

The following specific VBM information for California voters, specifically Contra Costa County voters comes from the Contra Costa County Elections Office

  • Requesting a VBM ballot is not necessary in California, as Governor Newsom has directed VBM Ballots be mailed to all registered voters in CA. CCC Elections Division’s mailing date for VBM ballots for the November 3rd election is October 5th.
  • No postage is needed returning CA VBM ballots.
  • Be sure to follow the instructions that come with your VBM ballot, especially those about signing your ballot envelope before returning it. If you are not a regular VBM voter, it is recommended that you sign your ballot envelope the same way you signed your CA Driver’s License (or CA ID Card) as this is the signature the Elections Office will use to verify your VBM ballot.
  • Harold Kelso, California State President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, recommends mailing your VBM ballots no later than October 20th. This would give the USPS sufficient time to get all of the VBM ballots postmarked and delivered by November 3rd.
  • All VBM ballots must be postmarked or deposited in a secure ballot drop box no later than 8:00 pm November 3rd. All secure ballot drop boxes will be available 24/7 from October 6 to November 3rd.
  • CCC Elections Division will mail Voter Information Guides on September 24th. They will include locations of all secure ballot drop boxes and early voting sites in your local area.
  • 16 early voting sites will be open Friday October 30th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturday October 31st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Monday November 2nd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. For El Cerrito voters, early voting will be available at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.
  • Election Day voting hours in California are from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • If you haven’t received a VBM ballot by Oct. 19th, contact the CCC Elections Office by email at or phone at 925-336-7800.
  • All CCC polling places open for the March 3rd Primary Election will be open for the November 3rd  General Election.
  • ALL ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received and counted by the CCC Elections Office no later than November 20th. Sign up and track your ballot through the State “WheresMyBallot” program at
  • To confirm that your VBM ballot has been issued by, or received at CCC Elections Office, use “My Voting Information” tool at us.
El Cerrito's Secure Drop Box
Photo by Chris Treadway.

This secure ballot drop box is located on the parking lot side (South side) of the El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530. It will be available to receive VBM ballots 24/7 from Tuesday, October 6 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.

We help bring people and IDEAS together