State of California Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

California General Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

New Voter Registration

  • Mon Oct 22, 2018
  • Postmarked by Mon Oct 22, 2018
  • Email, Online or Fax by Mon Oct 22, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Tue Oct 30, 2018

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 6, 2018
  • Received by Fri Nov 9, 2018

Early Voting

Dates Vary by Locality - Contact Local Election Office
For early voting, dates vary by county.

California State Assembly Special Election held on Tue Dec 5, 2017

New Voter Registration

Mon Nov 20, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

Tue Nov 28, 2017

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Dec 5, 2017
  • Received by Fri Dec 8, 2017

Early Voting

Dates Vary by Locality - Contact Local Election Office
Special Election for State Assembley District 51.

California Statewide Direct Primary Election held on Tue Jun 5, 2018

New Voter Registration

  • Postmarked by Sun May 21, 2017
  • Online by Mon May 21, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Tue May 29, 2018

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Post received by Thu Jun 8, 2017
  • Postmarked by Tue Jun 5, 2018
  • Hand Delivered by Tue Jun 5, 2018 8:00pm PDT

Early Voting

none on record
For early voting, dates vary by county.

State Assembly District 51 Special Election held on Tue Dec 5, 2017

New Voter Registration

  • Online by Mon Nov 20, 2017
  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 20, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

  • Mon Nov 20, 2017
  • Received by Tue Nov 28, 2017

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Dec 5, 2017
  • In-Person, Received by Tue Dec 5, 2017 8:00pm PST
  • Hand Delivered by Tue Dec 5, 2017 8:00pm PST
  • Post received by Fri Dec 8, 2017

Early Voting

none on record

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

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

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day. Certain elections, such as stand-alone municipal elections, are conducted entirely by-mail.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

Early voting is done by mail in California. 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. 

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request a mail ballot and vote by mail. California offers permanent vote-by-mail status for any registered voter.

You are eligible to vote in California if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of California
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in California if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are in prison or detention or jail or penal institution
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony

You may preregister to vote in California

  • at the age 16

Voter Registration

To register to vote in California you should provide:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your California Driver's License or State/non-driver ID Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you are registering to vote for the first time by mail, you will need to provide a copy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address

You can alternatively show one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in California, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid US Passport
  • Insurance Plan ID Card
  • Public Housing ID Card
  • Health Club ID Card
  • Valid Employee ID
  • Valid California Driver's License
  • Valid Student ID
  • Out of State Driver's License or Non-driver ID
  • Valid Military ID
  • Debit or Credit Card
  • Valid California Issued ID

If you don't have any of these ID's, please look at the list of alternative ID's in California.

If you do not have an ID from the above list, in California additional, acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Certificate of Vehicle Ownership
  • Discharge Certificates, Pardons or other Similar Documents Issued to you by a Government Agency
  • Paycheck
  • Lease or rental statement or agreement Issued by a Government Agency
  • University Housing Bill
  • Valid Student ID Issued by a Government Agency
  • Public Housing ID Card
  • Government Check
  • Sample Ballot mailed to you
  • Voter notification or confirmation card
  • Current Utility Bill
  • ID Issued by a Government Disability Agency
  • Insurance Plan or Discount Drug Plan Card Issued by a Government Agency
  • Property Tax Statement
  • A Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Bank Statement
  • Other Official Elections Document
  • Valid California Vehicle Registration
  • University Tuition Bill Issued by a Government Agency
  • Public Transportation Authority Senior Discounted Fare ID Card
  • Identification Documents Issued by Government Homeless Shelters or Other Facilities

Your ID documents must show your Current Name and Address and be no older than the Date of the last Election.

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - -

Blank Ballot To Voter

- - -

Overseas & Military Voters

California General Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

  • Online by Mon Oct 22, 2018
  • Postmarked by Mon Oct 22, 2018
  • Fax by Mon Oct 22, 2018
  • Online by Mon Oct 22, 2018
  • Postmarked by Mon Oct 22, 2018
  • Fax by Mon Oct 22, 2018

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Tue Oct 30, 2018 Received by Tue Oct 30, 2018

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 6, 2018
  • Fax by Tue Nov 6, 2018
  • Post received by Fri Nov 9, 2018
  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 6, 2018
  • Fax by Tue Nov 6, 2018
  • Post received by Fri Nov 9, 2018
For early voting, dates vary by county.

California State Assembly Special Election held on Tue Dec 5, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 20, 2017
  • Fax by Mon Nov 20, 2017
  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 20, 2017
  • Fax by Mon Nov 20, 2017

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Tue Nov 28, 2017 Received by Tue Nov 28, 2017

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Dec 5, 2017
  • Fax by Tue Dec 5, 2017
  • Postmarked by Tue Dec 5, 2017
  • Fax by Tue Dec 5, 2017
Special Election for State Assembley District 51.

California Statewide Direct Primary Election held on Tue Jun 5, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

  • Online by Sun May 21, 2017
  • Fax by Mon May 21, 2018
  • Online by Sun May 21, 2017
  • Fax by Mon May 21, 2018

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Tue May 29, 2018 Received by Tue May 29, 2018

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 6, 2018
  • Fax by Tue Nov 6, 2018
  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 6, 2018
  • Fax by Tue Nov 6, 2018
For early voting, dates vary by county.

State Assembly District 51 Special Election held on Tue Dec 5, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

  • Online by Mon Nov 20, 2017
  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 20, 2017
  • Online by Mon Nov 20, 2017
  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 20, 2017

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Dec 5, 2017
  • Fax by Tue Dec 5, 2017 8:00pm PST
  • Post received by Fri Dec 8, 2017
  • Postmarked by Tue Dec 5, 2017
  • Fax by Tue Dec 5, 2017 8:00pm PST
  • Post received by Fri Dec 8, 2017

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - -

Blank Ballot To Voter

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Your faxed ballot must include a signed oath waiving your right to cast the ballot secretly. Some California counties will allow you to download an online ballot. Once you register as a special absentee voter, you will continue to receive a ballot and election materials from your county elections official before each statewide election. However, you will need to re-register to vote if you change your address, your name or your political party preference, or if you do not participate in four consecutive general elections See http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/mov/mov-other-useful-info-resources.htm for more information

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

- -

Absentee Ballot Request

- -

Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - -

Blank Ballot To Voter

-
Your faxed ballot must include a signed oath waiving your right to cast the ballot secretly. Some California counties will allow you to download an online ballot. Once you register as a special absentee voter, you will continue to receive a ballot and election materials from your county elections official before each statewide election. However, you will need to re-register to vote if you change your address, your name or your political party preference, or if you do not participate in four consecutive general elections See http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/mov/mov-other-useful-info-resources.htm for more information