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$0.71 Required for Vote-by-Mail Ballot Returns

Ballots in Orange County weigh more than 1-ounce due to the number of contests and candidates.

SANTA ANA, CA – The Registrar of Voters would like to remind vote-by-mail voters to apply the proper postage to their vote-by-mail ballots prior to mailing them.


Vote-by-mail ballots require $0.71 in return postage (A single First Class stamp, $0.50 plus an additional $0.21). Ballots throughout California are lengthy due to the number of candidates and measures on the ballot. First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.) rates increased from $0.49 to $0.50 when purchased at the Post Office in January 2018. Each additional ounce costs $0.21. Full details can be found in the instructions included with every ballot.


Voters with questions on the mailing procedure for ballots can contact the Registrar of Voters' office at 714-567-7600 or chat online at


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About the Registrar of Voters:
The Registrar of Voters is responsible for conducting elections in the County of Orange, the fifth largest voting jurisdiction in the United States with 1.8 million registered voters. We are a County agency, which receives funding from the County's General Fund and periodic reimbursement from the federal government, the State of California and local jurisdictions. Read more >>

Media Contacts:
Enedina Chhim
Community Outreach Manager 
[email protected]

Orange County Registrar of Voters

NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information visit the About Us page or call the Registrar of Voters media help line at 714-567-5197.