Facts For Voters
Who can register to vote?
A person who is:
- A U.S. citizen
- A California resident
- At least 18 years old on or before the next election
- Not in state or federal prison for a felony conviction
- Not declared mentally incompetent by court action
Who may pre-register to vote?
A person who is:
- 16 or 17 years old
- Meets all the other requirements to vote
This person will be automatically registered to vote on his/her 18th birthday.
- When do I need to re-register?
I just moved to California, when can I vote?
- First, you must register to vote
- There is no waiting period for registering and voting in California
- If you need to register on Election Day or 14 days prior to Election Day, you may register conditionally, and then vote provisionally at the Registrar's office
- More information »
What is conditional voter registration?
If you did not register to vote by the 15-day registration deadline, you may conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot.
- To do that, you must visit the Registrar of Voters office during the 14 days before the election or on Election Day
- Once your voter registration is processed and we can confirm that you did not vote elsewhere in the state, your registration becomes active
- Then the provisional ballot you cast can be counted
- More information on conditional voter registration »
Do I have to register with a specific political party?
- No. You may mark a box that says, "No, I do not want to disclose a political party preference."
- You will then be registered as "No Party Preference" or "NPP."
- Please note: NPP voters may vote for any candidate in a presidential primary election except for the United States president, vice president or for members of a political party county central committee. Each political party will decide, before an election, whether NPP voters may vote for their presidential candidates
I did not vote in the last election. Do I need to re-register?
No. If your current address matches your registration address, you are still registered to vote.
You can check your registration here or call us at (858) 565-5800.
I don’t know if I’m registered. How do I find out?
You can check here or call the Registrar of Voters at (858) 565-5800.
I just moved, and I didn’t re-register yet
- You can update by re-registering here or by submitting a paper registration form. You will also find this form at the Registrar of Voters office, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), most libraries or city clerk offices
- You must completely fill out the new registration form
- If you have already given notice of your new address to the DMV or U.S. Postal Service, your voter registration will be automatically updated
- If you moved – within San Diego County – 14 days or fewer before an election, you may go to your old polling place, your new polling place or to the Registrar of Voters office to vote
Where do I vote?
- Polling places may change so please confirm the location of your poll before heading out
- If you vote at the polls and are not a mail ballot voter, your current poll is printed on the back of your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet
- Also, beginning three weeks before an election, you may find your polling place online
- Or you can vote the easy way – from home. Sign up to Vote By Mail »
Why did my polling place change?
- The most common reason is that the prior polling place may not be available now
- Sometimes we find a more accessible polling place for voters who have specific needs
- There may be changes to an election precinct or district boundaries
- Polling locations may change depending upon the type of election – general, primary, or special
- The number of registered voters can change
Why do I have to vote by mail instead of going to a poll?
If there are 250 or fewer registered voters in a precinct, you may receive a mail ballot and a notice that there will be no polling place for your precinct in the upcoming election.
Voting by mail is simple and gives you more options for casting your mail ballot. They are:
- By mail well before Election Day
- At any of the multiple mail ballot drop-off locations across the county during the week before Election Day
- At the Registrar of Voters office
- At any poll on Election Day. Contact us and we can give you the addresses of polls near you
- Where is the Registrar of Voters office?
Where can I get more information about the upcoming election?
When we are close to an upcoming election you may find significant information here »
Where can I find a map of my districts?
Find your districts on a map here >>