To register in California you must:
Go to your designated voting location. Click here to find where to vote.
Bring your California driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring one photo ID issued by any state or federal government, and bring one document that shows your name and current address. Acceptable documents include a recent utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.
Same day registration starts 14 days before an election and runs through Election Day.
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration card. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:
Any registered California voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
The signature on your absentee ballot application will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.
Your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match. If you forget to sign the return envelope, your ballot might be rejected.
Contact your Local Election Office if you have questions.
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for California elections. You can contact them with questions, but your Local Election Office will probably respond faster.
Secretary of State Elections Division 1500 11th Street, 5th Floor Sacramento, CA 95814