Know Your Rights: Every Vote Counts!

Dec 13, 2019

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Let me vote

Many Californians mistakenly believe a criminal conviction keeps them from voting. Politicians bet on that fact to win elections.

Fight back! Register to vote today.

How do I register to vote?

There are a number of ways you can register to vote. 

County elections offices provide election materials in various languages, in addition to English. Please contact your county elections office directly to ask whether your county's voting-related materials are available in your preferred language.

  • Pick up a registration form at the DMV, post office, or your local county elections office. Complete the form, sign it, and mail it to your county elections office. Be sure to sign and date your form!

  • To have a paper application mailed to you call your county elections office or the Secretary of State's toll-free voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE. 
  • Register online with the Secretary of State. Once you complete the online form, it will be mailed to you to sign and mail back. If you use the online registration form, register at least one month before the election to allow time for mailing the form back and forth.

Re-register to vote if you move or change your name.

How do I vote?

In California, you can vote in two ways:

  1. Vote-By-Mail Ballot.
  2. At your local county polling place.

Vote By Mail: You can become a Vote-By-Mail Voter (formerly, "Absentee" voter) by submitting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application. Please contact your local elections office for information about voting by mail.

At the Polling Place: Once you are registered to vote, you can vote at your local polling place on Election Day. Your polling place should be listed on the sample ballot you receive in the mail once you are registered to vote.

You can also call your county elections office to find out where you vote.

When is the last day to register to vote?

You MUST register or re-register to vote at least 15 days before the next local, state or federal election.

For the next California elections, your registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than:

  • May 21, 2018 for the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election
  • May 18, 2020 for the June 2, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

When is Election Day?

The 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election will take place on June 5, 2018.

The 2020 Presidential Primary Election will take place on June 2, 2020.

  • Be sure to check out your local elections office website for additional local or state elections in your area.

How do I find my polling place?

Once you are registered to vote, you can vote at your local polling place on Election Day. Your polling place should be listed on the sample ballot you receive in the mail once you are registered to vote.

You can also call your county elections office to find out where you vote.

Where can I find more information?

Call the California Secretary of State 1-800-345-VOTE (English), 1-800-232-VOTA (Spanish) or visit their voter education website here.

Visit the ACLU Foundations of California's website, LetMeVoteCA.org.