Registration Deadline: Your registration must be postmarked no later than 15 days before election in which you wish to vote.
Party Affiliation: California has a modified closed primary system. Voters who have no official party preference may vote in a primary election if an individual party has consented. To see party allowances for specific elections click here.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 (or will be by the date of the next election)
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of California
Mental Competency: Have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent
Felony Convictions: Must not be in prison or in county jail (serving a state prisomn sentence or serving a term of more than one year in jail for a defined "low-level" felony), or on parole, post release community supervision, or post-sentencing probation for a felony conviction. More information here.
-Social Security Number;
-If not provided on the registration forms, these forms of identification must be provided while voting.
Other Voter Registration Qualifications: If you are enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe at Home, please do not attempt to register to vote using this site. To register to vote, contact the Safe At Home program toll free (877) 322-5227 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Forms can be obtained and filled out online but must be mailed to your County Elections Office
- County elections office
- Local U.S. Post Office
By mail/ in writing: Forms can be obtained and filled out online but must be mailed to your County Elections Office
Other Voter Registration Application Information: Contact your County Elections Office with questions
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Verify your Voter Registration through your local county office
Phone: Contact your local county office to verify your registration.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
- An active duty member of the military
- A spouse or dependent of a member of the military
- A member of the Merchant Marine; or
- A civilian U.S. citizen living outside of the United States
-Members of California National Guard called for active duty are eligible to register as an absentee voter.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: California Military, Overseas, and Absentee Voter Procedures
In Person:Contact your local county office for locations and preferred methods.
Military and oversees voting: California Military, Overseas, and Absentee Voter Procedures
Other absentee ballot information:If you decide to fax your voted ballot, you must also fax an "Oath of Voter" form with it to waive your right to a confidential vote. You can request this form from your county elections official or use the FVAP alternative form found at Federal Voting Assistance Program website.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Whether you decide to fax or mail, your voted ballot must be received by the county elections official before the polls close in California at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Other absentee ballot submission information:After the first election return, absentee voters will automatically receive special absentee ballot, not voting in two consecutive elections loses this status.
Early voting qualifications: No excuse or special registration necessary. Voting available at county offices. Contact county election official for specific times and locations
Verifying Registration: California Voter Registration Verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: State law requires employers to post a notice to employees advising them of provisions for taking paid leave for the purpose of voting in statewide elections. Employees are eligible for paid time off for the purpose of voting only if they do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote. The intent of the law is to provide an opportunity to vote to workers who would not be able to do so because of their jobs. Voting hours are from 7am to 8pm. Employees can be given as much time as they need in order to vote, but only a maximum of two hours is paid.
Polling Place: California Polling Place finder
ID Requirements: In most cases, California voters are not required to show identification before they cast ballots. However, if you are voting for the first time after registering by mail and did not provide your driver license number, California identification number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration form, you may be asked to show a form of identification when you go to the polls. View all acceptable forms of ID here.
How to Vote: Each county elections office is allowed to select its own voting system, so the system you will use depends on where you live. To find the voting system used in your county, please visit How to Vote Using Your County's Voting System.
Problems with voting: California Election Voter Complaint Form
Verifying provisional ballot status: California Provisional Ballot Checkup