How do I vote?
To register to vote in California, you must:
- be a United States citizen
- be a resident of California
- be at least 18 years old or older on Election Day
- not be currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony
- not be currently found to be mentally incompetent to vote by a court
What can I vote for?
CAL Matters: What you need to know about the November 8 election from a non-partisan, non-profit news source.
Where do I vote?
You can vote EARLY: You can pick up and/or vote a vote-by-mail ballot at a location near you.
OR you can vote on Election Day. Find out where here.
What should I bring with me to vote?
- If you choose to vote in person and you've voted in California before, you don't need to show ID.
If you're a first-time voter in a federal election who registered by mail, and did not include your driver's license number, California ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you may be asked to provide ID when you vote. Acceptable forms include:
- copy of a recent utility bill
- sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency
- U.S. passport
- driver's license
- official state identification card
- student identification card showing your name and photograph
- Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. (source: Howto.vote)
The day after.
How do I know if the news I'm reading about the election is real... or fake?
Annenberg Public Policy Center: factual accuracy website
Snopes: neutral fact-checking website