California Election Information

​Deadlines & Dates

Ventura County: (Tentatively) December 1, 2017 
​Voter Registration Deadline for Ventura County Election: November 16, 2017

Elections Date TBA:

  • Kings County (November 2017)
  • Placer (Special Election)- (August 2017)
  • Municipal Special Election- Santa Clara (TBD)
  • Special District Advisory Election- Santa Clara (TBD)

Statewide Primary: June 5, 2018 
Voter Registration Deadline for Statewide Primary: May 21, 2018

General Elections: November 6, 2018

  • Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House

Voter Registration Deadline for General Elections: October 22, 2018

The voter registration deadline in California is 15 days before the election. 

Check if you are registered to vote →

Register to vote →

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may vote absentee in California. If you apply by mail to vote absentee, you must mail your request 7 days before Election Day, otherwise you may request an absentee ballot in-person any time. Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and recieved by your county elections office less than 3 days after Election Day. Any registered voter may also request to vote permanently by mail absentee.

See details of absentee voting and download the application here →

Early Voting 

Early voting is available in California, but varies based on your county. Please check to see the details of early voting in your county. Early voting typically ends the day before Election Day in most counties.

See details of early voting in your county here →

Election Day Voting

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.

Find your polling location here →

Voter ID Requirements

You do not need to show ID to vote on Election Day.

On Your Ballot

Find information on the candidates and issues on your ballot →

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdicutions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Areas in California covered by Section 203

Alameda County (Chinese) →

Alameda County (Tagalog) →

Alameda County (Vietnamese) →

Los Angeles County (Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai) →

Orange County (Chinese) →

Orange County (Korean) →

Orange County (Vietnamese) →

Sacramento County (Chinese) →

San Diego County (Chinese) →

San Diego County (Tagalog) →

San Diego County (Vietnamese) →

San Francisco County (Chinese) →

San Francisco County (Tagalog) →

San Mateo County (Chinese) →

Santa Clara County (Chinese) →

Santa Clara County (Tagalog) →

Santa Clara County (Vietnamese) →

Learn more about Section 203

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, "Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

  • Kings County (November 2017)
  • Placer (Special Election)- (August 2017)
  • Municipal Special Election- Santa Clara (TBD)
  • Special District Advisory Election- Santa Clara (TBD)