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Frequently Asked Questions About Voting

How can I register to vote?
You may register online or by mailing a completed Voter Registration Form to the Elections office. Forms are available at public libraries, city and county offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices, U.S. Post Offices, or via online download. You can download a form at the following websites:

I moved since I last registered. Do I need to re-register?
Yes. If you have a new home address, you need to register at this new residence. If the deadline has passed to register in the place where you now live, request an absentee ballot from your previous address. Then, after the election, be sure to fill out a voter registration form for your new address.

When is the last day I can register?
You must register by May 21, 2018 to vote in the June 5 primary elections. You may register "conditionally" after that deadline, but then you must cast your ballot in person at your county elections office.

When is Election Day?
Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

When will the polls be open on June 5
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where is my polling place?
Check the Secretary of State's website, or contact the office by phone. Polling information should also be on the documents your county sends you once you register, so hold on to them.

Note that in most states, you do not have to vote in person. See below for information regarding absentee ballots.

How can I obtain an absentee ballot?
If you are eligible, you should request an absentee ballot from your state. Deadlines vary, so contact your Secretary of State or Board of Elections Office early. Your state will send you the ballot; you just fill it out and mail it back. Usually the deadline for the state to receive the form is the time at which the polls close on Election Day--or in some cases, a few days before the election. Contact your Secretary of State or Board of Elections Office for the exact mailing deadlines. Contact information for these offices may be found at the National Association of Secretaries of State, Voter's Edge or Rock the Vote websites. Search by the state in which you are registered.

What if I show up to vote and my name is not on the list?
If your name isn't on the list of registered voters or you forgot to bring identification, ask for a provisional ballot. Poll workers can tell you how to check to make sure your vote is counted.

How do I find information on candidates and their platforms?
Explore Voter's, and Vote Smart.

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Last Updated: 4/17/18