General Information about Elections and Voting
If you are registered to vote, you will be mailed a County Voter Information Guide approximately 40 days prior to an election. If you do not receive a County Voter Information Guide at least a week prior to an election, call the Elections Division at (559) 675-7720 or (800)-435-0509.
It is important that your voter registration reflect both your current residence address and mailing address, if different than your residence. Because Voter Information Guides reflect the candidates and issues for the area in which you reside, they are not forwardable. If you have moved within Madera County since you last voted and did not re-register, you should call the Elections Division to determine your status and polling place location.
The County Voter Information Guide materials include:
- The date of the election
- A “practice ballot” containing the contests you will be voting on
- Information about candidates and measures
- The location of your polling place
- Whether or not your polling place is accessible to the disabled
- An application for a Vote By Mail ballot
Save time on Election Day by marking your “practice ballot” in advance. Take it with you to the polls and use it as a guide when you vote your official ballot.
If you need assistance marking your official ballot, a poll worker can provide assistance, or you may have up to two people of your choice to assist you; however, you may not be assisted by your employer, union representative, nor an agent of your employer or union representative.
Where to Vote
You may vote at the polling place shown on the back cover of your County Voter Information Guide between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Polling place locations may change from one election to another. Always check your Voter Information Guide for the location of your polling place. To avoid lines at the polls, try to vote during non-rush hours, either mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
If you are not able to vote at your polling place on Election Day, you may apply for a Vote By Mail Ballot.
There are six Qualified Political Parties in California. To learn more about each political party and their Statement of Purpose, visit http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/political-parties/.