Register to Vote FAQ

Key Dates

  • Deadline To Register: Oct 22st

  • Election Day: November 6th  from 7 am - 8 pm

  • Vote By Mail Period to request a ballot: Oct 8th - Oct 31th

    • People can return their VBM ballots in person at their polling place or at the Elections Office on November 6th

    • VBM can also be mailed through election day, stamped on or before Election Day and received in the Elections Office no later than 3 days after Election Day


  • When is my last day to register?

    • Monday, Oct 22st is the last day to register for the elections on November 6th, 2018

    • Voter registration must be postmarked 15 days prior to elections.

  • What are the requirements to register?

    • A United States citizen and a resident of California

    • 18 years old or older on Election Day

    • California driver license or identification card number, date of birth, and last four digits of your social security number.

    • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History)

    • Not prohibited from voting by a court because of mental incompetency (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship).

  • Do I need to show my ID to vote on election day?

    • The ONLY time you need to show any documents before voting is if you registered online or by mail AND you did not include your driver’s license, state ID or Social Security number AND it is your first time voting.

  • Anything else I need to know?

    • Never leave the polling place without voting. If someone tells you that you can’t vote for any reason, demand a “provisional ballot,” vote as you planned.

  • Why should I register to vote?

    • Because as a citizen of United States of America you have the right to vote and elect your representative. We live in a democratic country where the vote is the only way we have to choose our politicians.

    • This June, Californians will vote on questions and candidates that can help or hurt our state and local communities.

    • VOTE for your Families, Neighborhoods, and California!

  • Why is it important to vote?

    • When you vote, you are expressing your power and desire to improve your community. You’re also making your voice heard so that you can hold your elected officials and government accountable.

  • Who should I vote for?

    • We’re not calling to tell you who to vote for. We’re a nonpartisan organization and we’re encouraging you to get out and vote -- for whoever you want!