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Election Dates and Deadlines to Register to Vote

In order to vote in the September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election, you must be registered to vote (online or postmarked) by August 30, 2021. Vote-by-mail ballot requests must arrive at your county elections office by September 7, 2021. 

If you miss the deadline to register to vote 15 days before an election, you still have an opportunity to register and vote. You can go to your county election office, vote center, or polling place on or before Election Day to complete the conditional voter registration process (often referred to as "Same Day Voter Registration"). You will have to fill out a voter registration card and will be given a ballot. Once county elections officials have verified your voter registration, your vote will be counted. Contact your county elections official for more information or visit vote.ca.gov.

For the September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election, all active registered California voters will receive their ballot in the mail if they have registered before the voter registration deadline. County elections officials will begin mailing ballots by August 16, 2021.

For more information on voter registration and voting locations, contact your local county elections official.

Registration Information

We 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 10 languages.

Not Sure If You Are Already Registered?

You can check your registration status online. 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!

  1. Register. You can register to vote online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Place

Any 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 Mail

  • Any 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. Your completed application must arrive at your county elections office at least seven days before Election Day. Any time after seven days, you will need to apply in person at your county elections office to request a vote-by-mail ballot for that election.
  • 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 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



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