"Our Time Is Now"
Thank you for visiting our Back to School Pre-Registration Toolkit! Along with backpacks, school supplies, and new clothes, 16 and 17 year olds should add pre-registering to vote to their back to school checklist! And this website will help with that.
Our toolkit below contains useful information and social media resources to help spread the word and encourage eligible 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote. We provide access to our new "Our Time is Now" public service announcement (PSA), sample social media posts, and other important resources to educate California students.
Online pre-registration is 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.
Pre-registration does not change the voting age, which is 18. Instead, it allows eligible Californians ages 16 or 17 to complete the online voter registration form providing sufficient time and opportunity to get ready to vote.
The new online pre-registration applies to California youth who are 16 or 17 and meet the following criteria:
- A United States citizen and a resident of California,
- Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History), and
- Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship)
We invite you to view the information below and share it widely with family, friends, neighbors, and students.
Social Media Promotion
Elections Division Contact
- Phone Number:
- (916) 657-2166