California State Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

City of Glendale Municipal Election held on Tue Apr 4, 2017

New Voter Registration

Mon Mar 20, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

Postmarked by Tue Mar 28, 2017

Absentee Ballot Return

  • In-Person by Tue Apr 4, 2017 8:00pm PDT
  • Post received by Fri Apr 7, 2017

Early Voting

none on record

California Congressional District 34 Special Election held on Tue Apr 4, 2017

New Voter Registration

Mon Mar 20, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

Postmarked by Tue Mar 28, 2017

Absentee Ballot Return

  • In-Person by Tue Apr 4, 2017 8:00pm PDT
  • Post received by Fri Apr 7, 2017

Early Voting

none on record

Los Angeles Municipal General Election held on Tue May 16, 2017

New Voter Registration

Mon May 1, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

Postmarked by Tue May 9, 2017

Absentee Ballot Return

  • In-Person by Tue May 16, 2017 8:00pm PDT
  • Post received by Fri May 19, 2017

Early Voting

none on record

Riverside City Council Election held on Tue Jun 6, 2017

New Voter Registration

Mon May 22, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

Absentee Ballot Return

  • In-Person by Tue Jun 6, 2017 8:00pm PDT
  • Postmarked by Tue Jun 6, 2017
  • Post received by Fri Jun 9, 2017

Early Voting

none on record
Members of the City Council for Wards 2, 4, and 6. All by-mail election.

City of Modesto Municipal Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

New Voter Registration

Mon Oct 23, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

Tue Oct 31, 2017

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 7, 2017
  • Received by Fri Nov 10, 2017

Early Voting

Dates Vary by Locality - Contact Local Election Office

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

You are NOT eligible to vote in California if:

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

You may preregister to vote in California

  • at the age 16

Voter Registration

To register to vote in California you should provide:

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Overseas & Military Voters

City of Glendale Municipal Election held on Tue Apr 4, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Mon Mar 20, 2017 Mon Mar 20, 2017

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Tue Mar 28, 2017 Tue Mar 28, 2017

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Apr 4, 2017
  • Post received by Fri Apr 7, 2017
  • Postmarked by Tue Apr 4, 2017
  • Post received by Fri Apr 7, 2017

California Congressional District 34 Special Election held on Tue Apr 4, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Mon Mar 20, 2017 Mon Mar 20, 2017

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Tue Mar 28, 2017 Tue Mar 28, 2017

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Apr 4, 2017
  • Post received by Fri Apr 7, 2017
  • Postmarked by Tue Apr 4, 2017
  • Post received by Fri Apr 7, 2017

Los Angeles Municipal General Election held on Tue May 16, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Mon May 1, 2017 Mon May 1, 2017

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Tue May 9, 2017 Tue May 9, 2017

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue May 16, 2017
  • Post received by Fri May 19, 2017
  • Postmarked by Tue May 16, 2017
  • Post received by Fri May 19, 2017

Riverside City Council Election held on Tue Jun 6, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Mon May 22, 2017 Mon May 22, 2017

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Tue May 30, 2017 Tue May 30, 2017

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Jun 6, 2017
  • Post received by Fri Jun 9, 2017
  • Postmarked by Tue Jun 6, 2017
  • Post received by Fri Jun 9, 2017
Members of the City Council for Wards 2, 4, and 6. All by-mail election.

City of Modesto Municipal Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

  • Fax by Mon Oct 23, 2017
  • Postmarked by Mon Oct 23, 2017
  • Fax by Mon Oct 23, 2017
  • Postmarked by Mon Oct 23, 2017

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Tue Oct 31, 2017 Received by Tue Oct 31, 2017

Ballot Return

  • Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017
  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 7, 2017
  • Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017
  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 7, 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:

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

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:

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

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

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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

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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