Published on Aug 4, 2016

How to vote in California! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!


Check your registration status:…

Register to vote:

Request an absentee/mail ballot:…

County Elections Offices…

Find your polling place:
You can also text the word “Vote” to 468683

Voter information guide:



ALL voters registered in California are eligible to vote in ALL Local, Statewide and National elections. NO photo ID is required.

Polls in California open at 7AM and close at 8PM on election day.

IF when you registered to vote, you initialed  the “Vote By Mail” option on your registration form, you will receive your ballot approximately 29 days prior to the election. To Vote, follow the instructions on the ballot.

IF you have not received your ballot by 20 days before the election contact your County Elections Office and explain the problem.

IF you prefer to vote at your polling place and you have received a “Vote by Mail” ballot, then take that ballot to the Polling place and request a new ballot.

You may cast a ballot at your polling place on Election Day regardless of any other action you may have taken. It will be a provisional ballot and will be counted last and only IF you have not voted elsewhere in this election. (This is NOT an invitation to cheat, of course,  and be advised that there are serious consequences for voter fraud.

(Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)