Things You Need To Know:
1. Registration Deadline:
The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 19, 2020.
The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 19, 2020.
The deadline to register in-person to vote is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. *Conditional voter registration is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Voters can use the conditional voter registration process from the day after the deadline all the way through Election Day. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally. These ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.*
All registered voters will automatically be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020, General Election.
The early voting period runs from Monday, October 5, 2020, to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
You can also register and vote on Election Day.
2. Polling Times:
7 a.m. to 8 p.m
3. Is Early Voting Available:
Yes, California voters can vote early either in person at their county elections office, or by using the vote-by-mail system.
4. Can I Vote by Mail:
Yes, You can register here.
*All voters can vote by mail without an excuse*
5. ID Needed for Voting:
If you do not have a California driver license or identification card number, but you enter your other information, the website will create a pre-filled voter registration application for you to print, sign, and mail. All of your information will be sent directly to your county elections office so that when your signed application arrives in the mail, the county elections staff will simply add your signature to your voter registration record.
*No ID requirement to vote by mail & No notary or witness requirement for return of mail ballot*
6. Voting Without Address
The voter registration form must be filled out online or you can also pick up a paper application at your county elections office, any Department of Motor Vehicles field office, and many post offices, public libraries, and government offices. To have an application mailed to you, call your county elections office or the Secretary of State’s toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683). The online application allows voters to check a box that says "I do not have a street address" and the option to fill in a description of where the voter lives. The person must provide a description of the location that is clear enough for the elections official to establish that person’s right to vote in a particular precinct.
7. Interesting Notes
California's confidential address program is called Safe at Home. In addition to survivors of DV, it is open to reproductive health care workers.
8.Felony Disenfranchisement Rules
People in prison and on parole cannot vote. All other people with criminal convictions, including people on probation, can vote.