Register to Vote
Election Dates and Deadlines to Register to Vote
Presidential Primary Election: March 5, 2024
The last day to register to vote in the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election is February 20, 2024.
- All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election.
- Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots February 5, 2024.
- Ballot drop-off locations open on February 6, 2024.
- Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned by mail, at a drop-off location, or your county elections office.
- Vote centers open for early in-person voting in all Voter’s Choice Act counties beginning on February 24, 2024.
- COMPTON COLLEGE is a voting center March 2-4, from 10am to 7pm and March 5 from 7am to 8pm in the Multipurpose Room
- Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by March 12, 2024.
General Election: November 5, 2024
The last day to register to vote in the November 5 2024, General Election is October 21, 2024.
Registration InformationWe want to encourage all eligible Californians to register to vote and cast a ballot. The California Secretary of State's Office makes it easy to register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov, which is available in 9 languages.
Not Sure If You Are Already Registered?You can check your registration status online at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov. You can also contact your local county elections office or simply register online to ensure your county has your most up-to-date information.
New To Voting? Get Started With 3 Easy Steps.
- Register. You can register to vote online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov.
- Get informed! As a registered voter you will receive two information resources in the mail: the state Voter Information Guide and the county Voter Information Guide.
- Vote! You can vote in person or by mail. Find out more at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail.
Find Your Polling PlaceAny registered voter in California can decide whether to vote at a polling place or vote by mail. Your polling place location may change between elections. The address of your polling place is on the back page of the sample ballot booklet that your county elections official mailed to you. You can also find your polling place by calling your county elections office or the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345-8683, or visit www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place. You can also text VOTE to GoVote (468-683) to find your polling place.
What Time Does My Polling Place Open?Polls are open in California from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. At your polling place, you will check in with a poll worker who will explain the process of casting your ballot. The poll worker will give you a paper ballot, unique passcode, or computer memory card, depending on the voting system your county uses. If you are not familiar with how to mark a ballot or make a mistake on your ballot, ask a poll worker for instructions.
Can Military and Overseas California Residents Still Vote?Of course! The Secretary of State's office recommends that military and overseas voters start early and get registered to vote online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov to ensure they receive their voting materials on time. This includes persons and students who are temporarily living outside of California but still wish to vote in California elections. For more information visit: www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/military-overseas-voters.
How to Vote by MailAny registered voter can vote by mail in California. Fill out the vote-by-mail ballot application in your county Voter Information Guide, find one at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail, or contact your county elections office. To ensure your voted ballot is delivered by the deadline, your voted ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than March 12, 2024, seven days after Election Day. You may also deliver your voted ballot to your county elections office, a ballot drop-off location, or any polling place before 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Is Your Voter Registration Up To Date?You must re-register to vote if you:
- Have moved to a different home address
- Changed your name, or
- Changed your political party choice