State of California Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

U.S. Domestic Voters

General Information

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

All registered voters will receive mail-in ballots. If you register to vote within 29 days of an election, 5 days after you register an election official will mail you your ballot.

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day. You can return a mail ballot in person to any polling place or drop box within the state as well as at the office of your county elections official. Note that certain elections, such as stand-alone municipal elections, are conducted entirely by-mail.

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Early Voting

Any registered voter can go to a county elections office in person to receive a vote-by-mail ballot to vote prior to and on Election Day, but you will also have a mail-in ballot sent to you starting 29 days before the election. Some counties also offer in-person voting at vote centers and other locations before Election Day. You may also drop your ballot in any voting drop box/drop location in the state.

Absentee Voting

California offers permanent vote-by-mail status for any registered voter.



General Information