Hundreds of ballot drop boxes are in place around Southern California, giving voters another option to cast their ballots in the November election. 

In Los Angeles County, there are more than 400 drop boxes, which are bolted into cement or chained in place, as part of a program that started in 2017. The county has double the number of drop boxes since the March 2020 Primary Election, offering voters another way to avoid gathering at polling places on Nov. 3.

LA County Vote by Mail Drop Boxes

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Source: Los Angeles County The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Here’s what to know if you’re planning to use a drop box to cast your ballot.

  • The boxes will be available through 8 p.m. on Election Day. 
  • Ballots are picked up every 72 hours, starting Oct. 5, by two election workers. 
  • Pickups will be made every 24 hours as Election Day nears. 
  • To return you mail-in ballot, place it inside the official return envelope and securely seal the envelope. 
  • Sign and date the back of the return envelope. 
  • Tampering with a drop box is a felony under California elections code.

Make sure your ballot was received and counted by clicking here

In Orange County, you can use the map below to search for the nearest ballot drop box.

Click here for ballot drop-off locations in Riverside County and here for locations in San Bernardino County.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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