Voter Bill of Rights
You have the following rights:
- The right to vote if you are a registered voter. You are eligible to vote if you are:
- a U.S. citizen living in California
- registered where you currently live
- at least 18 years old
- not in prison or on parole for a felony
- The right to vote if you are a registered voter even if your name is not on the list.
You will vote using a provisional ballot. Your vote will be counted if elections officials determine that you are eligible to vote.
- The right to vote if you are still in line when the polls close.
- The right to cast a secret ballot without anyone bothering you or telling you how to vote.
- The right to get a new ballot if you have made a mistake, if you have not already
cast your ballot. You can:
- Ask an elections official at a polling place for a new ballot; or
- Exchange your vote-by-mail ballot for a new one at an elections office, or at your polling place; or
- Vote using a provisional ballot, if you do not have your original vote-by-mail ballot.
- The right to get help casting your ballotfrom anyone you choose, except from your employer or union representative.
- The right to drop off your completed vote-by-mail ballot at any polling place in the county where you are registered to vote.
- The right to get election materials in a language other than English if enough people in your voting precinct speak that language.
- The right to ask questions to elections officials about election procedures and watch the election process. If the person you ask cannot answer your questions, they must send you to the right person for an answer. If you are disruptive, they can stop answering you.
- The right to report any illegal or fraudulent election activity to an elections official or the Secretary of State’s office.
If you believe you have been denied any of these rights,
or you are aware of any election fraud or misconduct, please call the
Secretary of State’s confidential toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
Information on your voter registration affidavit will be used by elections officials to send you official information on the voting process, such as the location of your polling place and the issues and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is a misdemeanor. Voter information may be provided to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee, or other person for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. Driver license and social security numbers, or your signature as shown on your voter registration card, cannot be released for these purposes. If you have any questions about the use of voter information or wish to report suspected misuse of such information, please call the Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
Certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, contact the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home program toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or visit Safe at Home.
- Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the day indicated in the posted county Voter Information Guide.
- Specific instructions on how to vote, including how to cast a provisional ballot, can be obtained from a poll worker or by reading the information mailed to you by your local elections official.
- If you are a newly registered voter, you may be asked to provide appropriate identification or other documentation according to federal law. But please note that every individual has the right to cast a provisional ballot even if he or she does not provide the documentation.
- It is against the law to represent yourself as being eligible to vote unless you meet all of the requirements to vote under federal and state law.
- It is against the law to tamper with voting equipment.
- English (PDF)
- Spanish (PDF)
- Chinese (PDF)
- Hindi (PDF)
- Japanese (PDF)
- Khmer (PDF)
- Korean (PDF)
- Tagalog (PDF)
- Thai (PDF)
- Vietnamese (PDF)
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