Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail

Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail was implemented by Placer County to make the voting process more convenient for voters with disabilities. It allows for voters to access and mark their ballot using their home computers and assistive devices who are otherwise unable to visit a polling place on Election Day or vote using a paper mail ballot. To ensure voters’ privacy, the system does not store or transmit selections over the internet, instead the ballot is printed and returned by mail or by hand.

Accessible County Voter Information Guide & Accessible Vote-by-Mail Ballot: https://sites.omniballot.us/06061/app/home

Frequently Asked Questions about Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail

1. Who is eligible to use the remote accessible vote by mail system?

For the November 3, 2020 General Election, any registered Placer County voter is eligible for the remote accessible vote by mail system.  The voter must have internet access and a printer to mark, print and return their ballot for counting. To register to vote, please go to https://registertovote.ca.gov/.

2. Which web browsers and screen readers can I use with the remote accessible vote-by-mail system?

The accessible vote-by-mail system supports the most recent two versions of mainstream operating systems, browsers, and screen readers (where they are compatible with each other).

Operating SystemsWindows
macOS
iOS
Android
BrowsersEdge Internet Explorer
Safari
Firefox
Chrome
Screen ReadersNarrator
Java
NVDA
VoiceOver

3. When will the remote accessible vote-by-mail system be available?

Ballots will be available through this system beginning 29 days prior to the election and ending at 8:00 PM on Election Day.

4. Will I still receive my vote-by-mail ballot packet in the mail although I want to use the accessible vote-by-mail system?

Current permanent vote-by-mail voters will still receive a packet in the mail that includes a paper ballot, a postage-paid return envelope, and voting instructions. Poll voters that wish to use the remote accessible vote-by-mail system will not receive a vote-by-mail package in the mail but are still eligible to use the system.

5. How do I access my ballot through the accessible vote-by-mail system?

Placer County registered voters can access their ballot beginning 29 days prior to the election, you may use the provided portal at the top of the page to access your ballot. Once there, you will need to affirm your eligibility and input your first and last name as well as date of birth. If not yet registered to vote, please go to https://registertovote.ca.gov/.

6. How do I return my ballot?

After you are finished marking your ballot, it will need to be printed and returned to the Elections Office, either by mail or in person, for tabulation.

A. RETURNING YOUR BALLOT BY MAIL

  1. Print the Envelope Wrap Around Image, which is available through the remote accessible system.
  2. Complete the Oath of Voter.
    • Please note that your voted ballot cannot be counted unless the Oath of Voter is completed, signed and sent with the ballot.  The signature on your Oath of Voter must compare to the signature in your voter registration record.  If you are unable to sign, make your “mark” in the signature box and have a witness sign at the bottom.
  3. Seal your voted ballot and signed Oath of Voter in an envelope.
  4. Attach the Envelope Wrap Around Image to your sealed envelope.
    • If you decide not to use the Envelope Wrap Around Image, place the voted ballot and Oath of Voter in an envelope, then address to: Placer County Elections Office, P.O. Box 5278 Auburn, CA 95604
  5. The Envelope Wrap Around Image is postage paid and ready to be mailed.

B. RETURNING YOUR BALLOT IN PERSON

  1. Follow steps 1-4 in “Returning your ballot by mail”.
  2. Bring the envelope to one of the following locations:
    • Placer County Elections Office before or on Election Day
    • Any polling place on Election Day
    • Any Drop Box location listed on the following website: https://www.placerelections.com/drop-box-locations/
    • Note: If you are unable to return your ballot yourself, you may authorize someone to return it for you by providing the following information on your envelope:
    • The statement: “I authorize the person below to return my ballot:”
    • Their name
    • Their signature
    • Relationship to the voter

7. When is the deadline to return the ballot for the November 3, 2020 Election?

All remote accessible vote-by-mail ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received within 17 days of the election in order to be considered timely. All remote accessible vote-by-mail ballots submitted in person or via fax must be received by the Placer County Elections Office or any Placer County polling place prior to 8:00 PM on Election Day. Any ballots delivered in person after 8:00 PM on Election Day cannot be counted. Completed voting packets may only be returned by mail or by fax and must include both the voters selections and a signed Oath of Voter statement.

8. How will the Elections Office process my ballot?

Once the Placer County Elections Office receives your ballot, your selections will be duplicated onto a paper ballot for tabulation by the voting equipment, as required by state election law. During this process, to preserve the secrecy of the votes, the Elections Office will remove and separate the ballot from the return envelope that has your name, address, and signature. During the duplication process, multi-person teams handle the transfer of votes and quality assurance comparison of each original and duplicated ballot. This process is open to public observation to allow transparency.

9. Is the accessible vote-by-mail system secure?

Yes. The accessible vote-by-mail system provided by the Elections Office through Democracy Live has been certified by the California Secretary of State for use in California. To ensure the privacy of the voters’ selections, the remote accessible vote-by-mail system does not store or transmit the voters’ selections over the internet. Although the accessible vote-by-mail system allows voters to access and mark their ballots using any computer and their own assistive devices, the system does not allow electronic voting.

10. What if I have questions or need help?

If you have questions about the remote accessible vote-by-mail system, please contact the Elections Office:

  • Telephone: (530) 886-5650 or toll free in California 1-800-824-8683 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM
  • TTY/Voice Communication: 1-800-877-8339
  • Email: [email protected]
  • In person: 2956 Richardson Dr. Auburn, CA 95603 Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM
  • Website: www.placerelections.com