Registering to Vote

 
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The deadline to register to vote is 15 days before an election.
  • 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 may pre-register to vote if you are 16 or 17 years old. You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday
    • 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

  • Guide to Elections
  • Register to Vote Online - The California Secretary of State offers an online voter registration form and downloadable forms that are also available in Spanish. Register to vote today
  • Military or Overseas voting - If you are a military or an overseas voter and want information on how to register to vote, learn all about military and overseas voting​.

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 Vote Center locations, and the issues and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Your voter registration information is not a public record. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is a misdemeanor. However, 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.