A Permanent Absentee Voter is someone who signs up once to receive all ballots by mail (until the voter changes his or her address). The State of California sends PAVs a ballot for each election. They arrive approximately a month in advance of local or national elections. Completed ballots can either be mailed back in time to be received by election day, or brought directly to your polling center.
Having Permanent Vote By Mail status does not mean you must vote by mail. But it does give you a valuable option and insures that your vote will be counted if for any reason you can’t make it to the polls.
If you prefer casting your ballot at your polling location you can exchange your absentee ballot at the polls and vote on site just as you have in the past. You also can complete the absentee ballot at home and submit that to the polls on election day, or you can even sign the completed ballot off to someone you trust to turn it in. The choice is yours.
As you can see, the benefits are clear. As a PAV you’ll always have the ability to submit your vote even if unexpected circumstances arise. It’s truly a win-win and the only way to insure that your vote will be counted in every election.
To become a PAV use the interactive form at this site, being sure to check item #8. Or complete one of the simpler write-in forms on this page. No matter which form you choose, you still must print it out, sign it, and mail it to:
12400 Imperial Hwy.
Norwalk, Ca 90650 USA.
That’s all it takes to start automatically receiving ballots by mail for all upcoming elections! For additional information about Permanent Vote By Mail Status visit this page.