To be eligible to register to vote in California, you must be:
To check the status of your voter registration, visit voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.
No problem! If you missed the October 19, 2020, voter registration deadline, California law allows you to register to vote and vote until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day at your county elections office or at any voting location in your county. This process is called Conditional Voter Registration and is commonly referred to as Same Day Voter Registration.
Here's how it works:
Check your county Voter Information Guide for information about local candidates and measures. You may also go to propositions for more information.
To fnd the statements from Presidential candidates, visit the Secretary of State's website at vote.ca.gov.
To research campaign contributions for state and local candidates, visit the Secretary of State's website at powersearch.sos.ca.gov.
To research campaign contributions for presidential and congressional candidates, visit the Federal Election Commission website at www.fec.gov.
Visit vote.ca.gov for tools to help you:
Every county has polling places or vote centers open on Election Day. All counties will also have one or more in-person, early voting locations. To find your county’s early voting locations, visit vote.ca.gov or check your county Voter Information Guide.
You may also call the Secretary of State's toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
You can also text "Vote" to GOVOTE (468683) to find the location of your polling place.
If you live in one of these counties: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, or Tuolumne, you can vote in any vote center in your county. Visit voterschoice.sos.ca.gov.
For this election, every registered voter in California will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Your county elections office will mail ballots beginning October 5, 2020. For more information please see How to Vote by Mail.
No stamp, no problem! Postage for vote-by-mail envelopes is pre-paid by the county and free for all voters in California.
After marking your choices on your vote-by-mail ballot, place it in the official envelope provided by your county elections office and seal it. Sign the envelope where directed. You have multiple options for returning your ballot.
To ensure your ballot arrives by the deadline, return it either:
While we recommend that you vote using your vote-by-mail ballot, there will still be in-person voting options in every county. Bring your vote-by-mail ballot to your county elections office or voting location and give it to a poll worker to exchange for a polling place ballot. If you do not have your vote-by-mail ballot and envelope, you may have to vote using a provisional ballot. This ensures that you have not already cast a ballot.
All county elections offices are required to offer an accessible option called remote accessible vote-by-mail (RAVBM). RAVBM allows voters with disabilities to receive their ballot at home and mark it independently and privately before sending it back to elections officials. For the November 3, 2020, General Election, all registered voters may use the RAVBM option. To sign up for RAVBM, visit voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.
Voters can receive notifications on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot by signing up for the “Where’s My Ballot?” tool. Sign up at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic updates on the status of your vote-by-mail ballot by text message (SMS), email, or voice call.
When you sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?” you will receive automatic updates when your county elections office:
All employees are eligible for paid time off for the purpose of voting if they do not have enough time outside of working hours to vote.
Employees can be given as much time as they need in order to vote, but only a maximum of two hours is paid. Employers may require employees to give advance notice that they will need additional time off for voting. Employers may require time off to be taken only at the beginning or end of the employee’s shift.
If you have questions, call the Secretary of State's toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
In most cases, California voters do not have to show identification before they vote.
You may have to show one form of identification at the polling place if you are voting for the first time after registering by mail or online and you did NOT provide the following on your application (or any other identification):
The following are some of the acceptable types of identification according to state and federal laws:
For the full list, see “Polling Place ID Requirements” at sos.ca.gov/elections/hava-id-standards.
Participate as a poll worker! Gain hands-on experience and take part in the single most important part of our democracy—voting!
To serve as a poll worker, you must be:
To serve as a high school poll worker, a student must:
For more information about being a poll worker, contact your county elections office or visit vote.ca.gov.