Ballot Verification

Per California law, when we receive a ballot from a voter, we compare the signature on the ballot envelope to the signature(s) the voter has previously registered with. The reason we verify signatures on Vote by Mail Ballots is to help ensure the ballot we received is from the voter it was intended for and to help protect voters against voter fraud.

*Note: If your signature has changed, it is important that you re-register to vote with your new signature, so that we have all available signatures on file to compare to your ballot envelope.

For information regarding the Signature verification process, see Article 6 of California Code of Regulations: Petition Processing, Signature Verification, Ballot Processing, and Ballot Counting.

I RECEIVED A NOTICE THAT MY BALLOT WAS NOT SIGNED.

If you received a notice that you did not sign your returned Vote-By-Mail ballot envelope, you may complete and return an Unsigned Statement Form to ensure your ballot is counted. The return options are provided on the form. If you forgot to sign your Ballot Return ID Envelope, you can use this form.

I RECEIVED A NOTICE THAT THE SIGNATURE ON MY BALLOT COULD NOT BE VERIFIED.

If you received notice that the signature provided on your Vote-By-Mail ballot envelope does not match the signature on file in your voter record, you may complete and return a Ballot ID Signature Verification Form to ensure your ballot is counted. The return options are provided on the form. All signatures are verified with your voter registration card and your driver's license signature. 

  1. Elections Division