Voting in California
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- 1 Registration
- 2 Voting on Election Day
- 3 Absentee voting
- 4 Early voting
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
For full information about voting in California, contact your state election agency.
California utilizes a blanket primary system, meaning that all candidates compete in the same primary election, regardless of party affiliation. The two who receive the most votes then advance to the general election. The blanket primary system is an open primary, meaning that citizens do not need to register for a specific party to vote in the primary.
To vote in California, you must be the following:
—California Secretary of State
SB1016 (effective January 1, 2006) requires voters to provide their driver's license number or state identification number to register to vote. If they do not have either, they may use the last four digits of their social security card. If they also do not have a social security card number, the state will assign a unique number which may be used for voter registration.
When and where
You can also acquire a voter registration form at your county elections office, library, or U.S. Post Office. The form must then be postmarked or delivered in person at least 15 days prior to the election.
As of January 2015, California is one of the 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.
Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a same-day voter registration bill on August 24, 2012. The bill allows for voters to register up to and on Election Day in California. However, it will not take effect until 2016.
Voting on Election Day
Voters are only required to show an ID at the polls the first time they vote if they registered to vote without providing their ID.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in California. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least seven days prior to the election. An absentee ballot must then be returned in person to the elections office by close of polls on Election Day, or by mail postmarked no later than Election Day and received no more than three days after Election Day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
California is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting dates in California are determined by the counties. Look up your county information here. The nationwide average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "California + Voting"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
Elections in California
- California elections, 2016
- California elections, 2015
- California elections, 2014
- California elections, 2013
- California elections, 2012
- California Secretary of State, "Voter Registration," accessed June 9, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- California Secretary of State, "Chapter 7: Voter Identification Requirements," June 9, 2014
- San Jose Mercury News, "Gov. Jerry Brown signs Election Day voter registration bill into law," September 25, 2012
- California Secretary of State, "Section 2: Polling Place Hours," accessed January 21, 2015
- California Secretary of State, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 21, 2015
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