VOTING IN CALIFORNIA
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Request a form by email
Call (800) 345-8683 to request a form

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

EXCEPTION: Voters may register to vote in-person after the deadline. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Election Office

Online Registration

Voters may register to vote or update their information ONLINE. To register 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.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Fifteen (15) days before Election Day.

EXCEPTION: Voters may register to vote in-person after the deadline. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

Election Day Registration

Some counties allow voters to register to vote during Early Voting through Election Day. To see if your county is one of them:

• Vist the Voter's Choice Act website
• Contact your County Election Office

Voters in counties that have not adopted the Voter's Choice Act can Conditionally Register to vote at their County Election Office and satellite locations. Voters should contact their County Election Office for hours and locations.

Automatic Registration

Voters who are sixteen (16) or older are automatically registered to vote when applying for or renewing a California Driver's License or Non-driver State ID unless they Opt-Out.

Can you pre-register?

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

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.

NOTE: Some counties allow Election Day Registration. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

Safe at Home

Voters enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe At Home, should call Safe At Home toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or EMAIL for more information on how to register to vote.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

All registered voters apply for a vote-by-mail ballot at their County Election Office and vote that ballot at the same time.

Some counties offer in-person early voting at voting centers or satellite locations. For hours and locations voters should:

• Contact their County Election Office
• Vist the Voter's Choice Act website

Vote-by-Mail

All registered voters in California may choose to Vote-by-Mail.

Vote-by-Mail Application (English)
Request an application

APPLICATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Received seven (7) days before Election Day
In-Person: No deadline

DEADLINE EXCEPTION
Voters who cannot apply in person after the deadline due to injury or illness may submit a written request to get a vote-by-mail ballot. Contact your County Election Office for more info.

• Visit the Official State Website
• Contact your County Election Office
Track Your VBM Ballot

Absentee Voting?

Absentee Voting is known as Vote-by-Mail in California. Please see VOTE-BY-MAIL for more information.

Do I need Voter ID?

LIMITED. 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.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide ID may vote a Provisional Ballot. Please see Provisional Ballots for more info.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter's name is not on the registered voters list
• the voter cannot provide the requested ID
• their name has been marked for receiving an vote-by-mail ballot

Track Your Provisional Ballot

For more info, visit the Official State Website.

Polling Hours

7:00am to 8:00pm, Pacific Time Zone

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 8:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

For all elections (EXCEPT: U.S. President, County Central Committees, and some municpal races), voters may vote for whoever they want regardless of party.

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Voters may have to affiliate with a party in order to vote that party's ballot. The California Secretary of State will announce, no later than October 21, 2019, which political parties have opened their presidential primaries to voters with no party preference.

Youth Vote in Primary?

NO. You must eighteen (18) or older to vote in a primary election.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which allows voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before a General or Special Election to vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in California, or students who already live in California but attend college in another part of the state should visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

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.

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• Visit the Official State Website for more info.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

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.