Voting In California

PRIMARY ELECTION
June 5, 2018
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
May 21, 2018

OTHER UPCOMING CALIFORNIA ELECTIONS

 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

ID required to register?

NO. Voters are requested to provide a California Driver's License or State ID number or the last four digits of their social security number. But, is NOT mandatory if the voter does not have one of these.

Online Registration?

YES. Voters can register to vote or update their information ONLINE. Voters must provide a valid California Driver's License or non-drive State ID Number and the last four digits of their social security number to register online.

DEADLINE: Fifteen (15) days before any Election.

Voters may register to vote after the deadline. See SAME-DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

Paper Registration

YES. Voters can call (800) 345-8683 or EMAIL Election Division Staff to request a form be mailed to them. Forms can also be picked up in person at a County Election Office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post office. Forms can be mailed or hand delivered to their County Election Office.

Voters enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe At Home should contact the Safe At Home toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or EMAIL Safe At Home.

DEADLINE: Fifteen (15) days before any Election.

Voters may register to vote after the deadline. See SAME-DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

Same-Day Registration?

LIMITED. After the registration deadline, voters may "Conditionally Register" to vote at their County Election Office and vote a provisional ballot on Election Day. Click HERE for more info.

Voters CANNOT register to vote at their polling place on Election Day.

Contact your County Election Office and ask them to adopt the Voter's Choice Act of 2016 which will make same-day voter registration more accessible.

Automatic Registration?

YES, BUT NOT YET. Currently, registered voters who update their address at the DMV or U.S. Post Office will have their voter registration info updated automatically.

UNCONFIRMED: Beginning April 18, 2018, voters who apply for or renew a California Driver's License or State ID card, or update their information will be automatically registered unless they Opt-Out.

Pre-Register Youth?

YES. Voters who are sixteen (16) and older may choose to pre-register and will automatically be added to the voter rolls at eighteen (18).

Beginning January 1, 2019, voters aged sixteen (16) and older who apply for or renew their California Driver's License or State ID card will be automatically pre-registered to vote unless they Opt-Out.

Registration Portability?

NO. Voters who move within the same county more than fifteen (15) days BEFORE the Election, but did not update their address may vote in their old polling place or vote a provisional ballot at their new polling place. Voters who move to a new county more than fifteen (15) days BEFORE the Election cannot vote until they update their address. Voters who move anywhere within fifteen (15) days BEFORE the Election may vote in their old polling place, vote-by-mail, or by provisional ballot in their new polling place. Contact your County Election Office for more info.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

VOTING

ID required to vote?

NO.

Absentee Voting?

Vote-by-Mail has replaced Absentee Voting. See VOTE-BY-MAIL for more information.

Vote-by-Mail?

YES. All registered voters may choose to Vote-by-Mail. Voters who have not already opted to receive their ballot by mail can download and print an application or use the application printed on the voter information guide that is mailed to them prior to every election. Voters may also visit or contact their County Election Office for an application.

Voters may select VBM when registering to vote and can choose to become a Permanent Vote-by-Mail voter.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Must be received seven (7) days before Election Day if requesting by mail. No deadline if requesting In-Person.

Early Voting?

YES. All registered voters may vote early In-Person. Check with your County Election Office for hours and locations.

In-Person Early Voting begins twenty-nine (29) days before Election Day and ends the day before Election Day.

Youth Vote in Primary?

NO. Contact your state representatives and ask them to allow all voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before any Election to vote in the preceding Primary Election.

 

 

Student Voters

Students attending college in California should visit the CAMPUS PROJECT for more information about registering to vote and voting in California.

Military/Overseas

Military and Overseas voters should go HERE for more info about registering to vote and voting in California.

Felon Voting Rights

Voters will have the right to vote automatically restored after serving their term of incarceration and parole. Voters on probation may register and vote. All ex-felons MUST re-register.

Voters With Disabilities

Voters with disabilities can go HERE for more info.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.