Voting In California

GENERAL ELECTION (MIDTERM)
November 6, 2018
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
October 22, 2018
Limited Election Day Registration Available

 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

ID required to register?

ID REQUESTED. Voters are requested to provide a California Driver's License or Non-Driver State ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number. If the voter has never been issued either one of these they may still register to vote.

NOTE: ID REQUIRED to register to vote online.

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.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Fifteen (15) days before Election Day.

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

Paper Form Registration

Voters who want to find out about registering in-person, or who need more information can go HERE. Or they can contact their County Election Office.

Voters can call (800) 345-8683 or EMAIL Election Division Staff to request a form be mailed to them.

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.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Postmarked fifteen (15) days before Election Day.
In-Person: Fifteen (15) days before Election Day.

Voters may register to vote after the deadline. Please see ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

Election 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.

Some, but not all Counties allow voters to register to vote at their polling place on Election Day. Contact your County Election Office for more information.

Automatic Registration?

YES. Voters are automatically registered to vote when applying for or renewing a California Driver's License or Non-Driver State ID unless they Opt-Out.

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.

Have you moved?

If a registered voter has moved within the state of California but has not updated their voter registration information.

SAME County MORE than 15 days before the Election
Voters may vote a regular ballot at their old polling place. They may request a vote-by-mail ballot be sent to their new address by the application deadline. Or they may vote a Provisional Ballot at the polling place associated with their new address.

NEW County MORE than 15 days before the Election
Voters may not be able to vote in local or state elections, or cast a ballot for local ballot measures until they update their voter registration info.

Moved LESS than 15 days
Voters may vote a regular ballot at their old polling place. They may request a vote-by-mail ballot be sent to their new address by the application deadline. Or they may vote a Provisional Ballot at the polling place associated with their new address.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

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).

VOTING

ID required to vote?

LIMITED ID REQUIRED. Voters voting for the first time who did not provide ID when they registered may be asked to provide ID. Voters can go here for more info.

Absentee Voting?

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

Vote-by-Mail?

YES. All registered voters may choose to Vote-by-Mail. For more info on vote-by-mail, voters should go HERE. Or they can contact their County Election Office.

Get a Vote-by-Mail Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Received seven (7) days before Election Day.
In-Person: No deadline, but check with your County Election Office.

Early Voting?

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

BEGINS: Twenty-nine (29) days before Election Day.
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 to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website for more information on registering to vote and voting in California.

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a felony will have their right to vote automatically restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole

NOTE: Voters on probation may register to vote and vote. Click HERE for more info.

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.

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.