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Registering to Vote

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You must be registered to vote 15 days prior to an election, so don't delay! Here is the information you need to know before you hit the polls and vote.
  • Who may register to vote - You must meet the following criteria to register:
    • You are a United States citizen
    • You are a resident of California
    • You are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election)
    • You are not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony
    • You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote
  • You will need to re-register to vote when:
    • You move
    • You change your name
    • You change your political party affiliation

How to register

Statement of permissible uses of personal information

  • Information on your voter registration affidavit will be used by elections officials to send you official information on the voting process, such as the location of your polling place and the issues and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is a misdemeanor. Voter information may be provided to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee, or other persons for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of the State. Driver's license and social security numbers, or your signature as shown on your voter registration card, cannot be released for these purposes. If you have any questions about the use of voter information or wish to report suspected misuse of such information, please call the Secretary of State's Voter Protection and Assistance Hotline. 1-800-345-VOTE (8683)
  • Certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, please contact Secretary of State's Safe At Home program or visit the Secretary of State's Web site.