1. Figure out where you want to register to vote
If you’re a college student who’s living away from home, you can register at either your home address or where you’re living while at school.
Where you choose to register is a personal decision (for example, do you want to have a say on local issues around your campus?) You’ll be assigned a polling place near whichever address you use to register. If getting there will be difficult on election day, you should sign up for an absentee or mail-in ballot.
Good to know: Your financial aid won’t be affected by the address you choose.
2. Make sure you’re eligible
In general, you need to be 18 years old by Election Day and a U.S. citizen (in addition to some other requirements).
Need to check if you’re eligible? See who can vote in California.
3. Pick a political party… or choose not to
About a third of California voters register as “No Party Preference,” meaning that they are not affiliated with any particular political party. You can, too. Just be aware that it will limit your choice of ballots in California’s March 3 primary. The Green, Peace and Freedom, and Republican presidential primaries are open only to voters registered with their respective parties.
The Democratic Party, the American Independent Party and the Libertarian Party all allow No Party Preference voters to request their party’s presidential ballot in the March 3, 2020 presidential primary election.
Using the Rock the Vote form is one of the quickest, most convenient options.
But you can also register by mail (contact your county elections office) or in person (sometimes on campus, at the DMV or local election office), if you prefer.
And remember to vote on March 3, 2020 in the California primary!