Now, more than ever, it's increasingly important for us to show up in the voting booths in a powerful way and make our voices heard on the issues that matter to us.
To help guide you through the voting process, we're providing this one stop resource to walk you through all the necessary steps of voting in the November 6th Election. Each expandable guide provides step by step instructions. From how to register to vote online or via mail. To when and how to vote on or before Election Day.
Our strength comes from all of us being in together. We can push our communities forward and win this election year together. We all must do OUR part. Your vote is a vote for all of us. Let's show up for communities in 2018 and beyond. .
+ VOTER REGISTRATION
Voting is an important way to make sure we ALL have say on what goes on in OUR communities.
But you can't vote if you're not registered.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER?
US Born Or Naturalized Citizen
Resident of California
At Least 16 Years of age.
If all three conditions apply to you, then you are are eligible to register as a California voter.
Note: You can pre-register as a 16 and 17 year old, which means on your 18th birthday, the Registrar will automatically register you to vote and send you notification in the mail. You don't need to take time filling out another form unless you change your name, address and/or want to change your political party.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
You can Register to Vote Here
Prefer snail mail? Requesting a paper registration form is fast and easy. To request a paper voter registration application, call (800) 345-VOTE (8683). Or online via this link.
Here's a quick instruction sheet to help you complete the paper form once it hits your mailbox.
The deadline to register for the November 6th Election is October 22. So plan on completing either the online or paper form months ahead to make sure your voice is heard come November 6th.
MISSED THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?
It's best to register before the October 22 deadline. But hey, we know stuff happens.
In case you've missed the deadline, you can register conditionally online or at your local county registrar's officethrough November 6.
+ VOTING BEFORE ELECTION DAY
VOTE BY MAIL
If you've already registered to vote, you can elect to submit your ballot by mail. That's right. You can vote without leaving your home.
To vote by mail, complete the following steps:
Mail your completed application to your local county election office. Click here to find your election office's address.
Once you receive your ballot, you'll need to complete and return it by mail to your local election office. Vote by mail ballots must be postmarked on or before November 6th and arrive @ your local election office no later than November 9th.
Trouble mailing your ballot in time? You can drop it off at one of your county's ballot drop off boxes. Or, return it to your polling place on Election Day.
In California, registered voters in select counties can vote early, in person 30 days before the election. Click here to find out if your county has early voting.
+ VOTING ON ELECTION DAY
Make A Voting Plan
Research shows people who make a plan to vote are way more likely to actually vote. Do these things to help you flex your electoral muscle on November 6th:
1) Check Your Status
Make sure you’re registered to vote. Nothing worse than showing up to vote and being told your name isn’t on the voter rolls. RUDE! You can check your voting status here.
2) Choose A Time
Polls in California open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM. Pick a specific time to vote. After school @ 4:30? Before work at 5:30 (companies are legally obligated to give you time to vote if you give prior notice)? Calendar it in smartphone to give yourself a reminder.
3) Know Where You’re Going
Locate your polling place (or better yet know where you can vote early). If you’re unsure about your polling location, click here to learn where to go come Election Day.
4) Show Up
Show up to your polling place, give your first and last name and prepare to cast your ballot.
+ IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES
Voter Registration Deadline
- Online voter registrations must be submitted by October 22, 2018.
- Paper registration forms must be submitted and postmarked by October 22. It's best to submit months ahead the Oct. 22 deadline to make sure it's received in time.
Vote By Mail Deadline
- Vote by mail applications must arrive at your county's election office (not just postmarked) by October 30, 2018.
- Once you've received and completed your ballot, it must be postmarked on or before November 6 and received by your COUNTY elections office no later than November 9.