Voting Info

October 31, 2018

Voting polls are open on Election Day, November 6th (Midterm Elections), from 7:00am to 8:00pm. You can find your polling place:

If you are in line before polls close, you are still allowed to vote.

What if I’m busy or out of state on Election Day?

If you can’t make it to the polls, you can request an absentee ballot at www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/#.Vr4YFTYlfow. The absentee ballot must be submitted by mail on or before November 6th (Midterm Elections) 

I’m living abroad. How do I vote?

U.S. citizens that are temporarily living abroad can register to vote by mail using the Federal Post Card Application. This can be found at www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdf.

What if my name isn’t on the voter list at my polling place?

If your name is not on the voter list, you can cast a provisional ballot. This is a regular ballot that is placed in a special envelope prior to being put in the ballot box. Your provisional ballot will be counted after elections officials have confirmed that you are registered to vote in that county and that you didn’t already vote.

You can check the status of your provisional ballot at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the polling place?

You may be asked to show ID at the polling place if you are a first time voter. If this is not your first time voting in California, you do not need to show ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo ID that includes your name and photograph, such as a driver’s license or ID card of any state, a passport, or an employee ID card.

Do I have to join a political party?

When you register to vote, you will be asked if you want to “disclose a political party reference”. You may choose a party, or you can choose to be unaffiliated with any party. If you wish to register independent of a party, you must confirm that you don’t want to disclose a political party reference.

Qualified political parties in California can be found at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/political-parties/qualified-political-parties/.

What measures will be on the voting ballot?

You can receive information about what qualified measures will be on the voting ballot at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures/.

Confused on which props to vote on in California?

Check out this website: https://www.californiachoices.org/
This site gives you non-partisan info on what you're voting on. It's not endorsed by anyone, but just an information site to make sure you understand everything you're voting on on November 6th! 

What happens after I cast my vote?

Once the last voter has voted, the ballots will be sent to a vote counting facility. The votes will be counted and observed to make sure that counting will be fair.

Find information about your county elections office: