Marin County Elections Department
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Fax: (415) 473-6447
TTY: (415) 473-6899
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday
7:00 AM – 8:00 PM Election Day
Information Portal Contents
Your Districts and Elected Officials
This page shows the districts you live in and the elected officials who represent you.
Vote-by-Mail (VBM) Ballot Status
If you are registered to vote by mail, a popup dialog box will show you when your ballot was mailed by the Elections Department and when it was received. If the election is still pending there will be no information available.
If you are registered to vote at the polls, the popup dialog box will not display any VBM information.
Opt Out/Opt In
If you receive your Voter Information Guide/Sample Ballot by mail, you can "opt out" and receive an electronic version. You will receive an email notifying you when the guide is available online.
If you receive the electronic version, you can "opt in" to switch back to receive a paper version by mail.
To "opt out/opt in" you must provide more data to prove your identity: either your full California driver's license (or ID) number or the last four digits of your social security number. (Cal. Elec. Code §13300.5.).
Polling Place Directions
The Information Portal displays a map pointing to your polling place. If you would like to get directions to your polling place from your current location, press Polling Place Directions.
Your browser may ask you to allow it to calculate your location. If you say no the browser cannot determine your location. If you are on a wired connection location services may not work. In this case the map will not contain the driving directions, but will instead have a dialog box allowing you to enter your current location manually.
NOTE: pressing the Polling Place Directions button opens a new window. If you have a popup blocker on you may have to create an exception for this site in your browser. Safari and Mobile Safari (IOS devices) users must turn off the popup blocker for this to work (as Safari does not have the functionality to create exceptions to the blocker). For other mobile browsers, see the instructions that came with your device.
The Voter Guide shows the contests you are able to vote on, as well as candidate names and statements, if available. You will also see any state propositions and local measures.
Information Guide/Sample Ballot
The Voter Information Portal can display a copy of your Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot online in PDF format. This is not advised if you are using a mobile device, as PDF display is awkward at small screen sizes.
When you exit the Voter Information Portal two things will happen:
- You will be returned to the Voter Information Portal authentication page.
- Your stored information will be erased — this includes any choices you have made in the Voter Guide. When you return to the Voter Information Portal you will have to authenticate again.
To display your voting information the Voter Information Portal needs to verify that you are registered to vote.
So that the Voter Information Portal can provide the correct information, you must provide some data that you gave when you registered to vote.
If you have attempted to register, but there is something wrong with your application, or it is on hold pending further information, the dialog box will relay that information.
NOTE: if you are not registered to vote, you cannot use the Voter Information Portal. If you would like to register, go to the California Secretary of State's website. For help with registration issues, contact the Elections Department.
If the County of Marin voter database is down, the Voter Information Portal will inform you that it could not find any registration data. If you are certain the information you entered is correct, try again in an hour or so. Also, see Data Entry Tips, below. If you are still having problems after that, contact the Elections Department.
Data Entry Tips
All fields are required. This is so that the system can disambiguate duplicate names.
First Name/Last Name
Enter your first name and last name exactly as you entered it on your registration form. For example: if your middle name was entered as part of your first name, like Roberta Mae, instead of just Roberta, you must enter it as Roberta Mae in the search form. Hyphens are allowed in first and last names.
This is the address you used when you registered. But only enter the number. For example: if you live at 43690 Mason St. you would enter 43690. House numbers with fractions or letters can also be entered. Only lower case letters can be entered. For example: 6 1/2, or 520c.
Enter your birth date as a two digit month, two digit day, and four digit year. You must type the forward slash (/). For example: 08/24/1977.
DL or SSN
For security reasons you must provide either a driver's license or California ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. This data will not be visible to any third parties as the connection to the VIP is secure using a digital certificate (SSL/HTTPS). You provided this information when you registered to vote.
If you make a mistake the Voter Information Portal will inform you that it cannot find your registration information. You can try again with the correct data. If you are not registered you will not be able to use the Voter Information Portal.
NOTE: this Voter Information Portal may only be used with Internet Explorer versions 10 and higher and browsers that support HTML 5 local storage, such as recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. There is also a mobile version of the Voter Information Portal. See our Browser Support Page for more information.
Button Icon Glossary
- Execute an action.
- Open a page in the current window.
- Return to the previous page.
- Pop up a dialog box.
- Open a new page in a separate window.
- Help page.