California Election Information

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Registration Information


The deadline to register vote in California is: Postmarked 15 days before the election.


To register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen,
  • A resident of California,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not in prison or in county jail (serving a state prison 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 (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Guide for Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Californians), and
  • Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent.

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To check the status of your voter registration, click here.

When can I vote in California?


Early Voting Information

In-person early voting available? No
By mail early voting available? Yes

How:

Any registered voter may vote early by a vote-by-mail ballot.  To request a vote-by-mail ballot you can download the application or complete the vote-by-mail ballot application included in the sample ballot booklet you receive from your county elections office. Completed applications must be received no later than 7 days before the election if by mail (no deadline if requesting in person); and completed vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the elections official no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  For more information on the vote-by-mail process, click here.


Voting Hours on Election Day

The polls are open from:

7:00am to 8:00pm


Please contact your state election office for additional voting information, or click here to learn more about voting absentee in your state.

Where do I vote?


Find out here.
For more information, contact your state election office.

What do you need to bring?


In most cases, a California voter is not required to show identification to a polling place worker before casting a ballot.

However, if you are voting for the first time after registering to vote by mail and did not provide your driver's 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. In this case, be sure to bring identification with you to your polling place or include a copy of it with your vote-by-mail ballot. Acceptable forms of identification are: 
  • A copy of a recent utility bill
  • the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency
  • U.S. passport
  • California driver's license or state identification card
  • student identification card showing your name and photograph.

For more information, contact your state election office.

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