Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register: October 19, 2020
Online Link to Application: https://registertovote.ca.gov/
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Registration Here: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/
Update Registration Here: https://registertovote.ca.gov/
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline to Order Absentee mail Ballot: Must arrive by OCtober 27, 2020
Application for Absentee Ballot:
Check Status of your Absentee Mail Ballot:
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: Must be postmarked on or before november 3, 2020 and received by your county elections office no later than
november 20, 2020
- You may also drop off voted absentee mail ballot on Election Day
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
- California counties has the Surrender Rule. Before COVID-19, if you wanted to vote in person on Election Day but you usually vote-by-mail, then you should bring your ballot to surrender and then vote in person. If not, the poll worker has to find your information on the electronic poll book. If you for some reason are not there, then you will be given a provisional ballot.
- In late spring 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsome directed that ballots be sent to every registered voter in November. The Legislature then passed law codifying that policy. While there will be some in-person voting locations, most voters should receive a mail-in ballot. All of those ballots will be considered regular ballots for the 2020 general election.
- Source: Elections Code § 3015.
- If a vote-by-mail voter appears at their designated polling place on Election Day, or appears at a vote center or the regular or satellite office of their elections official where voting is permitted on or before Election Day, that voter shall be permitted to vote a nonprovisional ballot if either of the following conditions is satisfied:
- The voter surrenders their VBN (Vote by Mail) ballot or,
- The voter is unable to surrender their VBN ballot, but the election official does both of the following:
- Verifies that the voter has not returned their voted VBM ballot, and
- Notates the voter’s; votyer record to ensure that the voter’s VBM ballot is not cast or tabulated after they voted at the polls
4. Early Voting Information
- Early voting is available however, dates vary by localities. Contact your local county official for dates that relate to your area. In-person absentee voting is not available.
- County election officials can set up satellite locations for early voting. A list of county elections offices and their contact information is listed on the California Secretary of State’s website (hyperlink: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices/ )
- You can call the Secretary of State’s toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) for your county elections official’s contact information.
- On July 21st, California’s Secretary of State released Covid-19 guidelines in regard to the 2020 general election. The PDF is available here: https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/ccrov/pdf/2020/july/20154jl.pdf
- For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ or call California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla’s office 916.657.2166.
5. Be a Poll Worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16 and over, and a registered voter (if over 18) in their county
- Contact your local Election Official to sign-up: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices/