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While most services are available online or via the mail, Clerk-Recorder services are now also available in-person at the San Luis Obispo office.  The Atascadero office remains closed until further notice.  Please call (805) 781-5080 to make an appointment.  Walk-in service is also available but may be subject to delays. Please review this information before visiting our office.

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A sample vote-by-mail ballot envelope.

Deadline to Request Vote-by-Mail Ballots via Mail

Author: Clerk-Recorder's Office
Date: 10/29/2018 1:52:25 PM

Vote-by-mail ballots are still available after October 30th but only to voters who come to the County Clerk-Recorder's office.

Voters are reminded that requests for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed must be received by 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the County Clerk-Recorder office. 

This cut-off date allows time for the vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to the voter and returned by Election Day. Applications can be mailed to 1055 Monterey St., D120 or faxed to 805 781-1111. Voters can also request a ballot over the phone by calling 805-781-5228. 

Vote-by-mail ballots are still available after October 30th but only to voters who come to the County Clerk-Recorder's office.
Nearly 130,000 ballots have been issued to permanent vote-by-mail voters and those requesting ballots for this election, equating to 75% of the record-breaking 172,544 registered voters for a gubernatorial general election, eclipsing the all-time record of 168,257 voters during the 2016 presidential election.
If a voter has requested a vote-by-mail ballot and has not yet received the ballot, they are urged to contact the Clerk-Recorder’s Office immediately so their ballot can be replaced. Voters can also check on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot online at

It is imperative that the voter sign his/her name on the identification envelope containing the ballot. Without the voter's signature, the ballot cannot be counted. New legislation allows election officials to accept voted vote-by-mail ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by mail no later than three
days after Election Day.  

However, vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered to the County Clerk-Recorder's office or at a polling place in San Luis Obispo County must be received by the close of the polls (8:00 p.m.) on Election Day in order to be counted.    

If anyone has questions concerning the election or their vote-by-mail ballot, contact the County Clerk-Recorder, Elections Division at 781-5228.