Elections matter. Your voice should be heard. Here’s how to get registered to vote in the state of California – and don’t worry, it’s easy.
First the rules, in order to be eligible to vote in the state of California, you must be:
- A citizen of the United States
- A California resident
- Must be 18 years old or older on Election Day
- Not currently in prison or on parole for a felony conviction: some citizens serving certain legal sentence can vote, and those with felony convictions who’ve had their civil rights restored can vote (voting rights are automatically restored once parole is completed)
- Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court
Does that sound like you? Perfect, let’s get you registered. So grab your California driver’s license or ID number (they use this to verify your signature), your social security number, and, you should know this without having to find it, but be ready to enter your birthday too.
Now just head over to this site where you can register or re-register if you have moved or something. The deadline to register is 15 days before the election – SO DO IT NOW BEFORE YOU FORGET.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can pre-register to vote at the same link.
If you are not sure where your registration stands because you moved or are just forgetful, you can check on your voter registration status here.