If you're getting ready to vote for the first time, this short video can help. It goes over the basic requirements for voting in the U.S. and explains why it's important to know your state's specific rules for voting.
To Obtain a Paper Voter Registration Application
If you would like to register using a paper voter registration application, you can pick one up at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post office. It is important that your voter registration application be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election.To request a paper voter registration application be mailed to you, please call (800) 345-VOTE(8683) or email Elections Division staff.
Same Day Voter Registration (Conditional Voter Registration)
In elections conducted by your county elections official, you can “conditionally” register and vote at your county elections office after the 15-day voter registration deadline. For more information please go to Same Day Voter Registration.
College Students and Voters Living Abroad
If you are a Californian living away from home while attending a college, trade school or technical school, or a voter living temporarily outside the United States, please see College Students and Voters Living Abroad.
Are You Already Registered to Vote?
To find out if you are currently registered to vote, visit Check Status of Your Voter Registration.
When to Re-Register to Vote
You need to re-register to vote when: You change your name, or you change your political party choice.