Find answers to your questions about voting in California in FindLaw's California Voter Guide. On this page you will find information regarding eligibility to vote, voter registration and registration deadlines, where to vote and what to bring to the polls, absentee ballots, any special accommodations for California voters, and what you can do if you see illegal activity occurring at the polls.
In California, you are eligible to vote if you are a U.S. citizen and a resident of the State of California who is 18 years of age on Election Day and is registered to vote.
If you are 16 or 17 and meet the other requirements for voting in California, you can pre-register to vote. On your 18th birthday, you will automatically be registered to vote.
You CAN register and vote if you are:
In California, you CANNOT register and vote if you are:
*You can regain your voting rights after you have completed parole by re-registering online or by completing and mailing in a voter registration card. If you have questions about whether your voting rights can be restored at this time, Restore the Vote can help you determine your eligibility.
There are several ways to register to vote in California. This includes registering:
You can pick up your voter registration application from one of your county election offices.
Call the toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) to have an application mailed to you.
Pick up a paper application at any DMV office, post offices, libraries, and government offices.