California - HeadCount

Voting In

Your state has automatic voter registration.

Need to register?

It only takes two minutes to register to vote!

How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in California, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the California Election Website or call (800) 345-8683 to learn more about your states voting details.

Don’t miss your next election!

On September 14th, 2021 California will hold a recall election for Governor Gavin Newsom. All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail.

Your voter registration application must be postmarked or submitted online by August 30th. 

California automatically registers all eligible residents to vote based on their DMV records. If your DMV record has an old address, or you do not have an in-state ID, you must register to vote. If you missed the voter registration deadline, don't worry! You may “conditionally” register at your county elections office or voting center through Election Day.

Your polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Presidential Primaries

The Republican Party requires that voters register as Republican to participate in their presidential primary. The Democratic Party's presidential primary is open to registered democrats and voters that are unaffiliated with a political party. Nonpartisan ballots will also be available for state and local races.

If you have not voted in the last election or are unsure about your party we recommend that you re-register before the deadline.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: September 11th to September 13th 

Many counties provide in-person early voting at select locations. Dates and locations are set by the county elections office and can be found here. No excuse required.

If you did not receive a ballot in the mail, you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than 7 days before Election Day. Then, when you complete your by-mail ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day.

In California, you have the option to select “permanent absentee” on your California voter registration to receive all ballots by mail.


Voter ID + Access for California

Do Voters Need ID?

  • No, voters do not need an ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

  • Your state has automatic voter registration.
  • You can register to vote during Early Voting.
  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • The pre-registration age is 16
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.

    Have you been convicted of a felony?

    See what the registration laws are in your state below.

    Felon Re-Enfranchisement Laws

    Voting and attending college?

    Get information on how to vote from Campus Vote Project below.

    College Student Voting Info