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California

Abbreviation: 
CA

California Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • A resident of California
  • At least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election)
  • Not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony
  • Not have been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote

You may pre-register to vote if you are at least 16 years old. Your registration will become active once you turn 18.

You will need to re-register to vote when:

California Absentee Ballot Process

Any registered voter may Vote By Mail. You use one of the following methods to vote by mail:

California Early Voting

California voters can vote early either in person at their county elections office, or by using the vote-by-mail system. Any registered voter may vote early instead of going to the polls on Election Day.

All valid vote-by-mail ballots are counted in every election in California, regardless of the outcome or closeness of any race.

California Registration Deadline

In California, the deadline to register to vote for an election is 15 days before each local and statewide Election Day. For more information on California's registration deadline, please visit your state's website.

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

 

California Provisional Voting

You may be asked to vote a provisional ballot at the polls due to one of the following reasons:

California Campaign Finance

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your local board of elections.

California Voters with Disabilities

It is recommended that you contact your county elections official regarding whether or not curbside voting is available at your polling place.

California Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing VOTE411's poll locator tool.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your local elections official.

California Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in California:

  • You must be registered to vote in California
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a resident of the precinct
  • You must complete required training
  • Students who are 16 years or older may work if they are in good standing with a GPA of a 2.5 and above

You will be entitled to compensation To sign up, contact your local elections official.

 

California ID Needed for Voter Registration

To register to vote in California you will have to provide your California drivers' license number or identification card number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). If you do not include this information you will be required to provide identification when you vote.

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Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)

 

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