You do NOT need photo identification to vote in California.[Leer en español aquí.]
Never leave the polling place without voting. If someone tells you that you can’t vote for any reason, demand a “provisional ballot,” vote as you planned. In California, provisional ballots are counted after elections officials have confirmed that you are registered to vote and that you did not vote elsewhere in that election. Contact us if you are worried for some reason your vote won’t be counted.
The only time you need to show any documents before voting is if you registered online or by mail and did not include your driver’s license, state ID, or Social Security number AND it is your first time voting, you’ll need to show documentation showing your name and address. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of identification.
If you feel you are being harassed or someone is telling you that you cannot vote, please call (866) OUR-VOTE (687-8683).
There are two ways to cast a ballot:
1) At a polling place.
On Election Day you will vote at the polling place for your neighborhood. The address of your assigned polling place is on your sample ballot. Your county elections office can also tell you where your polling place is. Click here to find your polling place.
When you arrive, volunteer poll workers will tell you how to cast your ballot. You’ll sign in with them at a check-in table. Feel free to ask them questions.
If you think it would be easier to vote by mail than to vote in person at a polling place on Election Day, you can sign up to be a permanent vote-by-mail voter when you register to vote. This way, you can take your time deciding how to vote on each race or initiative.
Your ballot MUST be postmarked by Election Day. If you cannot guarantee it will be postmarked in time, you can drop off your ballot at any polling site between 7 AM and 8 PM on Election Day.