Yolo County Official Ballot Drop Boxes and Tracking Your Ballot

October 15, 2020

Yolo County has 12 official Ballot Drop Boxes (BDB) countywide. Ballot Drop Boxes became available beginning Monday, October 5, 2020 and can be used through 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day). Davis, Esparto, West Sacramento and Woodland each have an exterior Ballot Drop Box (BDB) that is available 24/7 and each community has at least one interior Ballot Drop Box (excluding Esparto). Please note, interior Ballot Drop Box hours of operation vary and are dependent on the locations’ business hours. Yolo County Ballot Drop Box (BDB) locations are available on our website: https://www.yoloelections.org/voting/locations.

Voters who want to return their ballot at a Ballot Drop Box, should only use official county Ballot Drop Boxes. Official Ballot Drop Boxes are clearly recognizable, designed to meet state standards for security, and bear the official Yolo County Elections logo and/or Yolo County logo. Images of official Yolo County Elections Ballot Drop Boxes are shown below: 

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There have been recent reports of groups promoting unofficial Ballot Drop Boxes not affiliated with county elections offices in other areas in California. Thankfully, we have had no reports of unofficial Ballot Drop Boxes in Yolo County. Contact the Elections Office at (530) 666-8133 to report any concerns.

As of Wednesday, October 14, 2020, we have received a record total of 8,431 Vote-by-Mail ballots from Ballot Drop Boxes since Monday, October 5, 2020. In comparison, in the March 2020 Primary Presidential Election, a total of 1,342 Vote-by-Mail ballots were collected for the entire time they were available leading up to Election Day. “We are pleased that Yolo County voters are choosing to vote early and utilize the Ballot Drop Boxes throughout the county to return their ballots,” says Jesse Salinas, Yolo County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters.

As a reminder, the Yolo County Elections Office will begin logic and accuracy testing of the voting equipment on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  This test will be immediately followed by the processing of Vote-by-Mail ballots picked up from Ballot Drop Boxes and ballots returned via mail.

The Yolo County Elections Office encourages Yolo County voters to sign up for ballot tracking. You can sign-up at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov to get automatic notifications by text message (SMS), email, or voice message about the status of your Vote-by-Mail ballot. Currently 13,153 Yolo County voters are signed up for ballot tracking. For those that have already returned your Vote-by-Mail ballot, you will be notified that our office has received your ballot once it has been processed through our ballot sorter starting the week of October 19, 2020.

We encourage Yolo County residents to connect with Yolo County ACE – Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Elections on Facebook: @YoloACE, Instagram: @YoloCoACE, and Twitter: @YoloCoACE to receive the most up to date information about the upcoming election and live election night results.