Registering to Vote

To begin, check the requirements to vote to find out if you may register to vote in California.

Californians must be registered to vote at least 15 days before Election Day. For this date and other important election deadlines, go to Election Dates and Resources.

Once you register, you may vote in all state and local elections. You will not need to register to vote again unless you move to a new address, change your name or change your political party preference.

How do you register to vote by the deadline?

To receive a voter registration application by mail from the Secretary of State, call the toll-free voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.

How will I identify myself when registering to vote?

The voter registration application asks for your driver license or California identification card number, or you can use the last four numbers on your Social Security card. If you do not have a driver license, California identification card or Social Security card, you may leave that space blank. Your county elections official will assign a number to you that will be used to identify you as a voter.

Who may register and vote after the deadline?

State law allows some people to register and vote even when they will not be eligible until after the voter registration deadline.

New Voters

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