State Voting Information - California


Voter Registration Deadline (by mail): 10/24/2016
Primary/Caucus Dates: N/A
Election Day: 11/08/2016
Primary Status: Closed




Date: 6/7/2016
Registration Deadline: 5/23/2016

Procedure: The California Democratic Party allows unaffiliated and independent voters to participate in its Presidential Primary. The California Republican Party holds a closed primary that is only open to registered voters that are affiliated with the state’s Republican Party.


Date: 6/7/2016
Registration Deadline: 5/23/2016

What’s on the state primary ballot?
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot. As California has its state primary and presidential primary on the same date in 2016, note that you may request a nonpartisan ballot that includes nonpartisan state races only if you do not wish to participate in the partisan election.

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Voter ID Requirements


Voter ID Requirements – California

Do 1st time voters need ID? : Yes, if registered by mail, and copy of ID was not sent with registration and if ID numbers were not verified by the state.
Do all voters need ID?: No
Student ID accepted?: Yes, if it has photograph and name

What forms of ID are acceptable?

The following photo IDs that have photograph and name:

  • Drivers license or state issued ID card
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • Credit or Debit card
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Health Club ID
  • Insurance Plan ID card

The following “non-photo” IDs that have name and address:

  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Government check
  • Government Paycheck
  • Document Issued by a governmental agency
  • Sample ballot issued by a governmental agency
  • voter notification card issued by a governmental agency
  • public housing identification card issued by a governmental agency
  • lease or rental statement or agreement issued by a governmental agency
  • student identification card issued issued by a governmental agency
  • tuition statement of bill issued by a governmental agency
  • insurance plan card issued by a governmental agency
  • discharge certificate, pardon, or other official document issued to a voter in connection with the resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence, or other matter
  • public transportation authority senior citizen discount card issued by a governmental agency
  • identification document issued by governmental disability agencies
  • identification document issued by governmental homeless shelters and other temporary or transitional facilities
  • drug prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental health care provider
  • property tax statement issued by a governmental agency
  • vehicle registration or certificate of ownership issued by a governmental

Early Voting And Absentee Voting


Early Voting and Absentee Voting – California

Voters may vote early in-person at their County Elections Official’s Office starting 29 days before Election Day until the day before the election. Dates and times vary depending on the office. A list of locations can be found here.

Voters are not required to provide an excuse to apply for and submit an absentee ballot. For information on applying for and submitting an absentee ballot by mail, please click here.

Absentee ballot applications must be received 7 days before the election if requested by mail. There is no deadline for absentee ballot applications if requesting in person. Absentee ballots must be received by 8:00pm on election day.

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California provides a comprehensive voter information hub where you can find your polling place, see what's on your ballot, verify your voter registration status, or answer almost any voting-related question. Choose by state or information category.

This resource represents HeadCount's best effort to provide the public with accurate voting information. If you have questions or require more information please visit your state election website, or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

HeadCount provides voter registration assistance on a strictly nonpartisan basis to any U.S. citizen age 18 or over without regard to political affiliation, race, religion, or age. HeadCount does not endorse, support or coordinate with any political party or candidates for elected office, or take positions on any ballot initiatives.