Presidential Primary Election

March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election

  • Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by March 12, 2024.
  • Ballots continue to be counted after Election Day during the official canvass period.
  • County elections officials must complete final official results by April 4, 2024.
  • The Secretary of State will certify results on April 12, 2024.

Election Results

Where's My Ballot?

Voter Registration

  • Voter Registration

  • If you are eligible to vote in California, you can apply to register to vote right now by completing the online application. The application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

  • My Voter Status

  • To find out if you are currently registered to vote, visit My Voter Status.

  • Who Can Vote in California

  • To register to vote in California, you must be: a United States citizen and a resident of California, 18 years old or older on Election Day, not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony, and not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.

  • Voting Rights Restored

  • If you are a person with a prior felony conviction, find out if you are eligible to register to vote in California by using our Voting Rights Restored tool.

  • Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship

  • Elections code requires that an individual with a disability who is under a conservatorship be permitted to register to vote unless that individual has been disqualified from voting. Elections code also requires that an individual with a disability, who is otherwise qualified to vote but needs accommodations to complete an affidavit of voter registration, be granted such necessary accommodations to the extent they are reasonable.

  • Pre-register at 16. Vote at 18.

  • Online pre-registration is now available for eligible 16 and 17 year olds by visiting registertovote.ca.gov. California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.

  • Military & Overseas Voters

  • Thank you for taking part in elections while you are in the military or other uniformed service, or a civilian living outside the United States. As a military or overseas voter who is registered to vote, there are several different ways you can request and receive your ballot and return your voted ballot and signed Military and Overseas Voter Return Envelope.

  • Safe At Home

  • If you are enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe At Home, please do not apply to register to vote online. Contact the Safe At Home program toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or by the Safe At Home email.

  • Political Parties

  • For information on qualified political parties, political party statements of purpose, no party preference information, how to qualify a political party, and political bodies attempting to qualify, visit Political Parties.

  • Guide to Voter Registration Drives

  • The Secretary of State’s Guide to Voter Registration Drives is designed to help political parties, voter registration drive coordinators, petition management companies, circulators, and volunteers understand their responsibilities and requirements when helping people register to vote. Anyone distributing voter registration cards in California should be familiar with the rules and regulations for conducting voter registration drives

  • National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)

  • The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) has two major aspects related to voter registration: maintaining accurate voter rolls through list maintenance and ensuring every eligible citizen has the opportunity to register to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and designated NVRA Voter Registration Agencies (VRAs).

  • VoteCal

  • VoteCal is California’s centralized voter registration database that provides benefits to voters and election officials. Voters can access certain public portions of VoteCal to apply to register to vote or update their voter registration record, find their polling place, or to see if their vote-by-mail or provisional ballot was counted by their county elections official and, if it wasn't, the reason why it wasn't. For more information, visit VoteCal.

  • Same Day Voter Registration (Conditional Voter Registration)

  • Same Day Voter Registration, known as Conditional Voter Registration in state law, is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information for an election. For more information, visit Same Day Voter Registration (Conditional Voter Registration).

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you have any questions such as how to change your political party, if you need a California driver license or California identification card to apply online, or what to do if you have just moved within California, visit Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or by email.

Voting Options

  • How to Vote for U.S. President

  • Visit How to Vote for U.S. President for information on voting for a presidential candidate or applying for a Cross-over Ballot as a No Party Preference voter in the upcoming March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election. 

  • Vote By Mail

  • County elections officials mail vote-by-mail ballots to all active registered voters. Any registered voter may vote using a vote-by-mail ballot instead of going to the polls on Election Day. For information on vote-by-mail ballots, including  checking the status of your ballot or requesting a replacement ballot, please visit Vote By Mail.

  • Language Requirements for Election Materials

  • Language requirements for election materials are governed under the federal Voting Rights Act and the state Elections Code.

  • Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail (RAVBM)

  • A Remote Accessible Vote by Mail (RAVBM) system allows voters to mark their selections using their own compatible technology to vote independently and privately in the comfort of their own home. For more information on how to request or use a RAVBM, please visit Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail (RAVBM).

  • Voters with Disabilities

  • Your vote matters! Find information on the Voter Bill of Rights and how to fill out a California voter regsitration card in American Sign language. Get information on curbside voting, accessible voting machines and other helpful information about accessible voting.

  • Voter's Choice Act

  • Established by Senate Bill 450 (2016), the California Voter's Choice Act (VCA) modernizes elections in California by allowing counties to conduct elections under a model which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters. This election model allows voters to choose how, when, and where to cast their ballot.

  • Voting in California

  • As a voter, you will help decide who will lead us. You make your voice heard on important issues that affect the future of our state and nation. Every time you use your precious right to vote, our democracy grows stronger. At Voting in California, you can apply to register to vote or fill in a printable vote-by-mail application, find your polling place and learn what to expect on Election Day.

  • Voting Technology

  • The Office of Voting Systems Technology Assessment (OVSTA) was created in September 2005. When created, OVSTA was charged with two main responsibilities: 1) voting system examination, testing, and certification for use in California elections; and 2) overseeing the approval of ballot printers, as well as authorizing and monitoring the manufacture and distribution of ballots for an election. Over the years, that scope has expanded to voting technologies including ePollBooks and Remote Accessible Vote by Mail Systems.

  • Where and How to Vote

  • Any registered voter in California can decide whether to vote at a polling place or vote by mail. To learn more on ways you can vote in California elections, visit Where and How to Vote.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you have any questions such as how to change your political party, if you need a California driver license or California identification card to apply online, or what to do if you have just moved within California, visit Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or by email.

Voter Education

  • Outreach Publications

  • For publications such as A Guide to Voting, New Citizen's Guide to Voting, and the Voter Bill of Rights, please visit Outreach Publications.

  • Voter Education and Outreach

  • For information on Military and Overseas Voters, how to become a poll worker, high school voter education weeks, or programs such as the Promote the Vote California program, please visit Voter Education and Outreach.

  • Promote the Vote California

  • Join us in promoting a thriving business community that fosters civic engagement through collaboration. Join the movement - Promote the vote!

  • Helpful Resources

  • For information on topics such as How to Vote for President, Political Party Information, Voting Technology, Who are My Representatives, and more, please visit Helpful Resources.

  • Election Video Resources

  • For election-related video resources on topics such as Where's My Ballot?, Election Security in California, and Vote By Mail, please visit Election Video Resources.

  • Student Voting Programs

  • This page contains important information about our office’s initiatives to educate and engage young Californians in the democratic process. We invite administrators, teachers, students and parents to use this page as a resource. This portal includes social media infographics, frequently asked questions and links to get young people informed and involved.

  • pre-register at 16. vote at 18.

  • Online pre-registration is now available for eligible 16 and 17 year olds by visiting registertovote.ca.gov. California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old.

  • California Students Vote Project

  • Established in 2016, the California Secretary of State (SOS) Students Vote Project (SVP) is a statewide nonpartisan program that elevates college student voices and promotes civic engagement efforts to build a more inclusive democracy. Through the creation of the Students Vote Project, California was the first state in the nation to build partnerships across the state’s major higher education systems to empower students to participate in the democratic process.

  • California Student Mock Election

  • Young people have the potential to be a powerful force in elections, but only if they get involved and make voting a habit. To encourage students to become active voters once they are old enough to cast a ballot, Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond invite high school and middle school students, teachers, and principals to participate in the 2024 California Student Mock Election, which will take place on October 8, 2024, for the General Election.

  • High School Voter Education Weeks

  • The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks. This provides an opportunity for high schools and their students to partner with county elections officials to promote civic education and participation on campus and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens.

  • Be a Student Poll Worker

  • Starting at age 16, high school students who are U.S. citizens, maintain a 2.5 grade point average, and have permission from their parent or guardian and school can learn how elections are run while they earn money as a student poll worker on Election Day.

  • Poll Worker Information

  • Before each statewide election, thousands of Californians sign up to help put on the single most important event we hold in a democracy. County elections officials depend on reliable, dedicated teams of poll workers to make every Election Day run smoothly. For information on who can be a poll worker, what does a poll worker do, and how to apply, please visit Poll Worker Information.

  • Publications and Resources

  • For elections-related publications such as the Official Voter Information Guide, Reports of Registration, and Statewide Election Results, please visit Publications and Resources.

  • Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC)

  • The Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC) was established in 2016 to advise the Secretary of State (SOS) on issues related to language accessibility of elections and election materials. The mission of the LAAC is to advise and assist the SOS with implementation of federal and state laws relating to access of the electoral process by low English proficiency (LEP) voters, so that all voters can understand the voting process.

  • Ballot Design Advisory Committee (BDAC)

  • Elections Code section 13218(a) and (b) requires the Secretary of State (SOS) to establish a ballot design advisory committee to assist the SOS to promulgate regulations that prescribe ballot design and format. The ballot design advisory committee shall consist of the SOS, or the secretary’s designee, and members to be appointed by the SOS who are recognized ballot design experts and county elections officials or a designee of a county elections official.

  • Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC)

  • As a committee under the Secretary of State, the Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee (VAAC) is responsible for making recommendations for improving access to voting and election materials. The VAAC is designed to advise, assist, and provide recommendations to the Secretary of State's office as to how voters with disabilities can vote independently and privately.

  • Voting Modernization Board

  • Proposition 41 - Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2002, approved by the voters at the March 5, 2002 election, allocates $200 million to upgrade voting systems, and established a Voting Modernization Board to carry out this task.

  • Motor Voter Task Force

  • On September 27, 2021, the Governor signed Assembly Bill 796 which added Section 2275 to California Elections Code and requires the Secretary of State to establish a taskforce to consult with the Secretary of State and the Department of Motor Vehicles on the effective implementation of the California New Motor Voter Program.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you have any questions such as how to change your political party, if you need a California driver license or California identification card to apply online, or what to do if you have just moved within California, visit Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or by email.

News Room

  • Advisories to County Elections Officials

  • The California Secretary of State periodically provides written guidance and information to the state's county elections officials to help ensure a smooth electoral process. The written advisories -- known as CCROVs since they are directed to County Clerks & Registrars of Voters -- are posted here shortly after they are provided to county elections officials. Electronic copies of all CCROVs dating back to January 1, 2013, can be found here.

  • News Releases

  • For statements from the Secretary of State, media advisories, updates on when initatives enter circulation, and more, please visit News Releases and Advisories.

  • Voter Information Guide

  • The State Voter Information Guide for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election is now available on the Secretary of State’s website. The website includes information about the candidates for United States President and United States Senate on the statewide ballot, as well as other helpful election information.

  • Elections Statistics

  • Get historical voter registration participation in Primary and General elections, voter registration statistics, statewide and special election results, initiative history statistics and more. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you have any questions such as how to change your political party, if you need a California driver license or California identification card to apply online, or what to do if you have just moved within California, visit Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or by email.

  • Recalls

  • Article II of the California Constitution, approved by California voters in 1911, allows people to recall and remove elected officials and justices of the State Supreme Court from office. For more information about Recall Elections in California, please visit Recalls.

  • Regulations

  • Information about current and proposed regulations related to Elections, Business Programs, Political Reform, Registries, and Information Technology.