Monday, May 4 is the last day to register to vote in California’s upcoming special election on May 19. We’ll be getting into what and whom is on the ballot beginning this week, but if you’re not registered to vote, well then it really doesn’t matter now does it?
Got felonies or know someone with a felony?
Any ex-felon may register to vote and is eligible to vote in elections if he/she is not currently in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
See, it’s that simple.
Requirements to Register to Vote
To register and vote, you MUST:
- Be a citizen of the United States of America;
- Be a resident of California;
- Be at least 18 years of age or older on or before the next election;
- Not be in prison or on parole as a result of a felony conviction;
- Not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law; and
- Not be serving a state prison term in a county jail under contract between state and local officials.
You CAN register and vote if you:
- Are in a local jail as a result of a misdemeanor conviction;
- Are awaiting trial or are currently on trial and have not yet been convicted of a crime;
- Have completed parole for a felony conviction; or
- Are on probation.
Are You Registered to Vote?
To find out if you are currently registered to vote, contact your county elections office. If you are not registered to vote, you can ask your county elections office how to register or you can follow the simple steps below.
Registering to Vote
You may register to vote in California if:
- You are a United States citizen
- You are a resident of California
- You are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election)
- You are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction. For more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State’s Voting Guide for Inmates.
- You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent
How You Can Register to Vote
Fill Out A Voter Registration Form Now
Click here (ENGLISH/ESPAÑOL) to download and complete the voter registration form on your computer. When you fill in your address, the address for your county elections office will automatically be added. Then simply print the form, sign it, and mail it directly to your county elections office.
Have A Voter Registration Form Mailed to You
Click here (ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL) to fill out a voter registration form that will be mailed to you for your signature. Because state law requires you to provide a valid signature on a voter registration card, you will not be registered to vote until your county elections office receives a signed copy of this form.
It will be approximately 7 to 14 days before you receive this form. Because all voter registration forms must be postmarked (or hand delivered to the appropriate county elections office) 15 days before an election, you should not exercise this option fewer than 30 days before an election.
Pick Up A Voter Registration Form
You can pick up a voter registration form at your county elections office, library, or U.S. Post Office. It is important that your voter registration form be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election.
When to Re-Register to Vote
You will need to re-register to vote when:
- You move to a new permanent residence
- You change your name
- You change your political party choice
As a California voter, you should be aware that in some areas, local elections are held on dates that do not coincide with statewide election dates. The 15-day close of registration deadline for these local elections varies depending on the actual date of the election. If you need to know a deadline for a local election, contact your county elections office.
Voter Registration Deadlines
In California, the deadline to register to vote for an election is 15 days before each local and statewide Election Day, so please register early!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here is more information about voting in California.
For additional assistance with voter registration, please contact the Secretary of State’s office at the following toll-free numbers:
English: (800) 345-VOTE