California

54% of 18-29 year olds voted in California in 2020*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

The deadline to register to vote in California is on or by 15 days before any election. To vote in 2021 County and Municipal Elections, your voter registration application must be received on or by October 18, 2021. 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.

California will hold State Assembly Special Elections on August 31, 2021. County and Municipal Elections will be held on November 2, 2021.

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 County and Municipal General Election (November 2, 2021) is October 18, 2021. 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 on August 9, 2021.

Questions? Contact us here.

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 seven days prior to any election (October 26, 2021).
  • Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before November 2, 2021, and received by your county elections office no later than November 5, 2021.
  • 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 on August 9, 2021.

Questions? Contact us here.