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Register to Vote!
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By voting in California, you're able to make your voice heard in state, federal, and local elections. Below you'll learn the steps to register to participate in the voting process.
California Voter Registration Eligibility
In order to be eligible to vote in the state of California, you must be:
- A citizen of the United States.
- A California resident.
- 18 years old or older on Election Day.
- Not currently in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
- Some citizens serving certain legal sentences can vote, and those with felony convictions who've had their civil rights restored can vote (voting rights are automaticallyrestored once parole is completed). Refer to the state's section on voting rights with criminalconvictions for details specific to your situation.
- Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court.
Register to Vote in California
If you're looking to register to vote in California, and you meet the requirements mentioned above, you'll need to complete a voter application and submit it either online or by mail. You can also register to vote when visiting a Department of Motor Vehicles office to obtain a California driver's license or register your vehicle.
The deadline to register online, by mail, or in person with a paper application, is midnight on the 15th day before the Election Day in question.
NOTE: Once your information has been submitted for registration, it still needs to be approved by your local election official. This official will contact you once your CA voter registration has been approved, or if they need more information from you.
If you would like to register online, you can submit an application by using the California Online Voter Registration website.
You'll be asked to answer a series of questions and enter your personal information, including:
- Your CA driver's license or ID number.
- Your Social Security number.
- Your birth date.
The system will check with the California DMV to ensure that your signature is on file. If it is, it will be added to your registration and you may submit it at the end of the process.
If your signature is NOT on file, your information will be sent to your local county elections board. Print the information you filled out online, sign the application, and mail it to the address specified on the form. An official will contact you once they've received all of your information.