To register to vote in California, you must be:
- A United States citizen,
- A resident of California (which includes a person who was a resident of this state when they were last living within the territorial limits of the U.S. or D. C. or a citizen born outside of the U.S. or D.C., but whose parent or legal guardian was a resident of this state when the parent or legal guardian was last living within the territorial limits of the U.S. or D.C. and he or she has not previously registered to vote in any other state),
- 18 years old or older on Election Day,
- Not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State’s Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison), and
- Not prohibited from voting by a court because of mental incompetency (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship).
Qualifications to Pre-register to Vote
To pre-register to vote in California, you must:
- Be 16 or 17 years old, and
- Meet all of the other eligibility requirements to vote.
You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.
You should re-register to vote if you:
- Change your name
- Wish to change your political party.
- For more information on political parties, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov
Call the Elections Division at (559) 675-7720 or (800)-435-0509 to report any changes in your mailing address.
You may also request that a voter registration form be mailed to you by calling the Elections Division at (559) 675-7720, (800)-435-0509 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to register on-line, click the “REGISTER TO VOTE” button on our home page or visit www.registertovote.ca.gov.
Voters’ residence addresses, telephone numbers and precinct numbers are confidential; however, all voter registration information is available for political, governmental, journalistic or education purposes.
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