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California General Election

Tuesday, November 6th

Election Today!

How do I vote?
15 days ago

Registration deadline

29 days ago

Early voting begins

What is this Election?

General elections are held to determine which candidates are elected into office.

How to Register

Register to Vote in California

When do I need to register to vote in California?

The voter registration deadline has passed, but California has same-day registration!

What if I miss the registration deadline?

California offers same-day registration which allows you to both register and vote on the same day, even if you missed the registration deadline.

Interested? Learn more about "Conditional Voting" in California.

How do I register to vote in California?

California has online voter registration, which makes this process very easy.

Estimated time: 2 minutes

Register to vote in California

Am I already registered to vote?

Who can register to vote in California?

To register as a voter in California, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of California
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not have judged by a court to be mentally incompetent

If you have moved, changed your name, or desire to change your political party affiliation, you need to re-register.

How to Vote

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Where do I vote on Election Day?

On Election Day, you can cast your ballot at your designated precinct voting location.

To find yours, visit the California Polling Place Finder.

All polling places in California are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm local time. If you're in line when the polls close, you can still vote!

Can I vote by mail?

Any registered voter in California can request an absentee ballot to vote by mail!

Vote by mail in California by requesting an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot requests must be received by October 30th,
and returned no later than November 6th.

I'm in college away from home, which state do I vote in?

You can either register to vote in California or the state you're attending school in — but not both!

I'm not in the US right now, how do I vote?

If you are a military voter or a United States citizen living abroad, you should request an overseas absentee ballot.

Can I vote before Election Day?

Yes! Skip the lines and vote early in California. If you're going to be busy, out of town, or otherwise occupied on Election day, this is the best time to vote.

Early Voting period begins on Monday, October 8th.

What ID do I need to vote?

Voter ID is required if you're voting for the first time and haven't yet verified your identity. The ID must be current (not expired) and include your name and photo. The following forms of ID are accepted:

  • Driver's license or photo ID (any state)
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military ID
  • Employee ID
  • Student ID

If you don't have a photo ID, you can also bring a recent document that contains your name and voting address. Some examples include:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck, paystub, or government check (Social Security, tax refund, etc.)
  • Other government-issued document which includes your name and voting address

What if I have a disability?

Several bills have been passed to ensure voters with disabilities still have reasonable access to privately cast their vote in California.

If you require assistance, contact your local election authority.

Visit the AAPD Voter Resource Center to learn more about voting with a disability.

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Dates and deadlines can change at any time

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Still have questions?

Questions, suggestions, corrections, or feedback? Get in touch!

You can also contact the California Secretary of State for questions about the election.

Website: California Elections Office
Phone: (800) 345-8683

Having problems at the polls?

Voting is your right. Don't let anyone take it away. Experiencing Voter intimidation? Overzealous voter ID checks? Being turned away from voting? Faulty equipment?
Call the Election Protection Hotline for assistance.

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