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Voting Matters - Make Your Voice Heard!

Your vote is your voice! Learn more about upcoming elections, how to register, and how to get non-partisan assistance. California Secretary of State - Elections and Voter Information

2024 California Election Dates

Polls Open 7am-8pm
Vote-By-Mail Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day or received by 8pm.

March 5th: Presidential/State Primary
March 20th: Special Primary, Congressional District 20
November 5th: General Election

Voter Registration

Voter Registration Information

Check Your Voter Registration Status

Cast Your Vote

In-person options vary by county. Look up your County Election Office.

You can cast your vote in California:

  • By Mail: Vote-by-mail ballots are sent to all registered voters. Must be signed and postmarked no later than Election Day and received within 7 days, or returned in person to any polling place, your county election official office, or to a ballot drop-off location or ballot box by 8pm on Election Day. You can also authorize an unpaid person to return a vote-by-mail ballot on your behalf by filling out the authorization on the envelope.
  • At Early Voting Sites starting one month before an election date.
  • At Vote-By-Mail Ballot Drop Off Locations opening one month before an election date.
  • At Vote Centers in Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) counties. Voters in VCA counties will have 10 days of in-person voting and the choice of casting their ballot at one of several voting locations within their county, instead of one assigned polling place. Vote centers also can provide replacement ballots, language assistance, accessible voting, and same-day registration.
  • At Your Polling Place on Election Day (only for voters in non-VCA counties or in counties not holding All Mail Ballot Elections).

Voter identification is only required for first-time voters who did not provide driver license, California identification, or the last four digits of social security number on the registration form.

Voting Questions or Problems

California Voting Rights Information

You have the right to vote! If you have questions, problems, or experience difficulties or harassment registering to vote or casting your ballot, contact the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline for assistance or to report a concern:

  • English - 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
  • Spanish - 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)
  • Arabic - 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287)
  • Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali - 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)
  • Text Chat Assistance -