Register To Vote

You make the difference!


Voting is one way that all U.S. citizens over 18 can speak up. Register to vote thru your Union. Keep up on what is going on politically. Cast your vote for those who support your stand on important issues. By supporting those who support the working people, you gain a voice within the local, state and federal government.

The strength of our democracy depends on the willingness of our citizens to help choose the people who will lead us, and to make our voices heard on issues of importance to the future of our state and nation. Whether you have never voted in the United States before or are an experienced voter who has moved to California from another state, the information on this website is designed to make voting a rewarding experience for you. Here, you will find the tools and information you need to register to vote, sign up to vote by mail, locate your polling place, prepare to vote there for the first time

Registering To Vote

To register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • A resident of California
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day

California Registration Deadlines:

In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election, so please register early.

How To Register

Method A: Fill Out The Online Voter Registration Form 

Simply step through the screens and fill in the information requested on the form. Then print it, sign it, and mail it directly to the county elections office address that is pre-printed on the form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Elections Division at elections@sos.ca.gov or (800) 345-8683.

Method B: Pick Up A Voter Registration Form

You can pick up a voter registration form at your county elections office, library, or U.S. Post Office. It is important that your voter registration form be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election.

Voting

Apply to Vote By Mail

Registered voters may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for an upcoming election at any time. If you apply by mail, your application must be received no later than 7 days before an election, otherwise you will need to apply in person to get a vote-by-mail ballot for that election.

Read the instructions, type your information directly into the application, then print, sign and date the application, and mail it to your county elections office. Please do not send it to the Secretary of State’s office, because this will delay receipt of your vote-by-mail ballot.

Finding Your Polling Location

Find out where your polling place is by contacting the SF County Registrar. Encourage your family, friends, and co-workers to vote. Locate your local polling location here:

More Information

Find out more about voting from sos.ca.gov