Listen up!  If you live in Cali and you have an opinion a to who should be our next President, well then this post is for you.

In order to be eligible to vote in the statewide election on your registration must be postmarked no later than:

  • January 22, 2008* for the February 5, 2008 – Presidential Primary
  • May 19, 2008 for the  June 3, 2008 – Direct Primary
  • October 20, 2008 for the November 4, 2008 – General Election

*Asterisked date indicates that the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday; in most cases, the deadline will move forward to the next business day.

How to Register to Vote

Fill out a Voter Registration Form Online(ENGLISH | ESPANOL) Complete this on-line form and we will mail a typed registration form to you. After you receive the pre-typed form, just sign it and mail it to your county election official. We recommend you use this service at least one month prior to election day to avoid missing your opportunity to vote due to postal delays.

Once you receive your form in the mail, which takes approximately 7 to 14 days, you must sign, date, and return it by mail to the county elections official on the return address side of the voter registration card. Please make sure all of the information is correct and drop it back in the mail. We’ll pay for the postage!

For security purposes, full on-line voter registration is not yet available and current law requires the voter’s original signature be affixed to the VRC, by completing the information requested in the on-line form on this site, a registration card with your information will be printed and mailed to you. (For more information on Internet voter registration and voting, please see the California Internet Voting Task Force Report).


Download and Mail a Voter Registration Form (ENGLISH | ESPANOL)

Please download and complete the form by clicking the link above. Please remember to sign it and MAIL it DIRECTLY to your COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS. For COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE ADDRESSES, please visit:

Overseas Voter Registration and Absentee Voting

If you are a US citizen and are going to be overseas or if you are in the military and wish to vote absentee, there are special provisions for you to register and receive an overseas absentee ballot. To do this you may need to complete a "Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot Request," and mail it to your local county elections official.

Overseas Absentee Ballot
(Federal Post Card and Absentee Ballot Request,)

Many times, overseas military voters, their overseas spouses and dependents, and other registered voters residing abroad have a difficult time obtaining, voting, and returning their ballots by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Pursuant to a new law, effective January 1, 2004, a request for an absentee ballot from an overseas voter will be regarded and processed as a request for permanent absentee status. (Ch. 347, Stats. 2003.) In addition, this same new law states that voters no longer have to re-apply for permanent absentee voter status if they fail to vote in a statewide primary election. These voters will retain their permanent absentee voter (PAV) status and will be automatically sent an absentee ballot to vote in the next general election. However, a permanent absentee voter must vote in the next general election or the voter will lose his or her PAV status.

Please note: There are special requirements for new citizens and new California residents. For further information regarding these requirements, please contact the local elections official in the county in which you are registered to vote.

There are also special provisions for new citizens and new residents within California. For further information about these alternatives, contact the county elections official of the county in which you are registered.

When to Re-Register to Vote

You will need to re-register to vote when:

  • You move
  • You change your name
  • You change your political party affiliation

As a California voter, you should be aware that there are ongoing local elections throughout the state. 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, you will need to contact your local county elections office to confirm the deadline. You can acquire a voter registration form either at your local county elections office, library, or U.S. Post Office. It is important that the completed voter registration form has a 15-day deadline postmark on it. It is not the Secretary of State’s Office desire to disenfranchise anyone from the voting process.

The Deadline to Register to Vote

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! Click here for more information on California’s 15-day close of registration.)

Who May Register to Vote

You may register to vote if you meet the following criteria:

  • 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 conviction of a felony **
  • You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote

Additional Assistance

For additional assistance with voter registration, please contact the Secretary of State’s office at any of the following toll-free numbers:

  • English: 1-800-345-VOTE
  • Spanish: 1-800-232-VOTA
  • Chinese: 1-800-339-2857
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-339-8163
  • Japanese: 1-800-339-2865
  • Tagalog: 1-800-339-2957
  • Korean: 1-866-575-1558

**Probation vs. Parole

Parole is a time period after a prison inmate has been conditionally released from state prison, which allows the prisoner to reside in the community under supervision. 

A Parole Violation occurs when the defendant violates any of the rules of parole.  In some cases, a parole violation hearing is required, which includes the Parolee, the Probation Officer, and a committee of selected individuals.  Attorneys are generally excluded from parole violation hearings.

Probation differs from Parole in that probation follows a county jail sentence, whereas parole follows a state prison sentence.  Probation may also be assigned when jail time is not part of the defendant’s sentence. 

Question: Can an ex-felon register to vote and vote?

Answer: An ex-felon can register to vote and vote if he/she is not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

Note: Information was obtained from the California Secretary of State site.

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