California

37% of 18-29 year olds voted in California in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

The regular deadline to register for the 2020 General Election is October 19. However, California does offer a form of same-day registration for those who miss this deadline which may be completed in-person at a county elections office, polling place, or vote center.

Check Registration Status

Check your California voter registration status here.

 

Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of California, not currently be in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and not currently be found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.

  • If you are 16 or 17 and meet all the eligibility requirements to vote, you may pre-register, and you will be automatically registered on your 18th birthday.
  • College students have a choice of whether they want to vote in California or vote in their home state. You may only be registered and vote at one location.

Deadline

The regular deadline to register to vote in California for the General Election (November 3, 2020) is October 19, 2020. However, California does offer a form of same-day registration for those who miss this deadline. This process must be completed in-person at a county elections office, polling place, or vote center.

 

Voter Registration Process

California offers online voter registration as well as paper registration forms which you may fill out at various locations or request to be mailed to your desired address.

  • California automatically registers eligible individuals to vote when they complete a driver’s license, identification (ID) card, or change of address transaction through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Further voter registration information for California can be found here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

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On May 8, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20, which, among other things, orders the November 3, 2020, General Election to be conducted as an all-mail ballot election due to the risk posed by COVID-19. Accordingly, all registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail prior to the election.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

All voters are eligible to vote by mail without having to provide a reason. Click here to access California’s by-mail voting application.

  • The deadline to apply for a by-mail ballot is October 27, 2020. However, as the General Election will be held almost exclusively by mail, registered voters need not apply for a by-mail ballot for this election.
  • Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020, and received by your county elections office no later than November 20, 2020.
  • Further by-mail voting information for California is listed here.

Early Voting

California offers early voting.

  • Some counties offer early voting at a few locations before Election Day. Contact your county elections office about early voting information here.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

 

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 7am-8pm

  • California does not require you to present a form of ID in order to cast a ballot.
  • Further California voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

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