How to Vote

Step 1: Make sure you are registered to vote: Not sure? Check your voter registration status here.

Are you a student going to school in a different county or state than where you lived prior to school? Your California ballot will only count if you are registered to vote in the California county where you currently live. As a student, you can register to vote in the California county where you live if you intend to designate your current address as your primary home.

The deadline for voter registration is 15 days before the election.

Step 2: Know when to vote: The next statewide general election in California is on Tuesday, November 8th.

Step 3: Know how you plan to vote:

If you are voting at the polls:

Find your polling place here.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

If you registered to vote by mail:

You’ll receive your ballot in the mail. You may return your completed vote-by-mail ballot by

1) mailing it to your county elections official BEFORE Election Day;
2) returning it in person to a polling place or the elections office in your county on or before Election Day; or
3) authorizing a relative or person living in the same household as you to return the ballot on your behalf.

Step 4: Make sure your vote counts:

If you are voting by mail: Make sure you signed your name on the envelope, and don’t forget to put two stamps on it before you drop it in the mail.

If you are voting at the polls for the first time: In most cases, California voters are not required to show photo identification at their polling place. However, you should bring either photo or other identification with you when you vote for the first time, just in case any important information was left off your voter registration form.