1. Decide where you want to register
Whether you’re living at home or at school, make sure your registration reflects the place you’ll be able to receive important election mail — like your ballot. If you plan to vote in person, you’ll be assigned a polling place near the address where you’re registered, so it should be somewhere you can get to on Election Day.
Already registered? Check that your address is current and re-register if your information has changed.
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. Register as soon as possible!
Many states are encouraging voters to cast their ballots by mail because of the global pandemic. California voters who register by mid-September will have vote-by-mail ballots automatically sent to them. After October 19, you can use Same Day Voter Registration to vote conditionally at your county elections office, polling place or vote center.
Not a California resident? Find information about voting by mail in your state.