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.
Have more questions about voting?
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Important Dates - General Election
Voting Information for California
Don’t miss your next election!
California automatically registers all eligable 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. Voters may request to receive all ballots by-mail. To register, update your address, or be added to the permanent absentee list submit a voter registration application.
If you missed the voter registration deadline, don’t worry! You may “conditionally” register at your county elections office after the voter registration deadline.
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.
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.Find Your Representatives
Early Voting + Absentee Voting
Early Voting Dates: County-Specific
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.
To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 27th. You can either select “permanent absentee” on your California voter registration or, if you are already registered, click here to request a vote-by-mail ballot. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by the day before the election.
Voter ID + Eligibility for California
Do Voters Need ID?
- No, voters do not need an ID
- First time voters need ID
- Student IDs accepted
Find out more about your rights in California.
- 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.