By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — If they haven’t arrived already, vote-by-mail ballots are on their way to California mailboxes this week, opening up the early voting period ahead of the Sept. 14 recall election.

CBSLA Special Section: The Sept 14th Recall Election

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A ballot for a recall election seeking to remove California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is seen in Los Angeles, August 15, 2021. – The California Gubernatorial election will take place on September 14, 2021. Forty-six candidates, including nine Democrats and 24 Republicans, are running in the election. (Photo by Chris DELMAS / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

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Early voting began Monday. Each ballot comes with a postage-paid envelope and is valid as long as it is postmarked by Election Day on Sept. 14. Ballots can also be turned into any county registrar’s ballot drop-box no later than the close of polls on Election Day.

Ballots that have been submitted can be tracked via text, email or voice status alerts at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.

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California residents who need to register to vote can do so online at registertovote.ca.gov.