Facts for New Citizens

Facts for New Citizens

After the naturalization swearing-in ceremony, you may complete the registration-by-mail form provided and mail it to the Elections Office. The voter registration form must be postmarked by the 15th day before the election. You will receive a notice of your eligibility to vote within a few weeks after your registration is processed. You may obtain additional registration forms and general information about elections by calling the Elections Division at (559) 675-7720 or toll free at (800) 435-0509.

IMPORTANT: if you become a citizen after the close of registration, you may register and vote at the Elections Office between the 14th day before the election through Election Day by the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. New citizens must present a Certificate of Naturalization dated after the close of registration. The Elections Office is located at 200 W. 4th Street, Madera California, 93637.

California law permits you to register with a political party or to decline to state a political party. For each election in which you are eligible to vote. Voter Information Guide contains information on the candidates and measures to be voted on in the election. It is recommended that you mark the Voter Information Guide take it to the polls to use as a reference when voting. Madera County also provides voting instructions (posted) to each Vote Center.

On election day the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The address of the Vote Centers will be printed on the Voter Information Guide. If you need further information or directions to a Vote Center on election day, please call the Elections Division at (559) 675-7720 or toll free at (800) 435-0509. Click here for Voting Center Locations.

New Citizen? Please review the Secretary of State’s New Citizens Guide to Voting.