If you are over 18, a US citizen, and a California resident and not currently in a state or federal prison OR are currently on parole – you can vote!
Moreover, all of California’s registered voters will be mailed a ballot (or should be) no later than 29 days prior to Election Day. All California mail-in ballots include postage paid – no stamps needed! Many are also encouraging people to turn in their ballots early at designated drop-off points. If you are using the mail, you are also encouraged to turn in your ballot early – and track it online along the way.
If you want to vote in-person – while also maintaining social distancing, there will also be polling stations to vote at on November 3rd.
If you want to register to vote – you still can! Check out this handy bay area voter guide for more information and follow the links for resources and more information!
- General California Voting Rights Portal
- Voting Rights in California Guide
- Alameda County Voting Rights Hub
CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE
HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE
- Register to Vote Online Here
- Call to Register By Phone: 800-345-VOTE (8683)
- You should register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day. If you miss the 15-day cutoff, California also offers “same day” or conditional voting registration. You may visit your county elections office, polling place or vote center during the 14 days before and including Election Day to conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will be processed and counted once the county elections office has completed the registration verification process. More info here.
- If you need to register to vote on November 3rd – you can! View where you can register here.
- To register to vote you will have to provide your states drivers’ license number or identification card number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). More info on what you need to register, here.
- If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.
- If you are returning your ballot in person or dropping it in a drop box, it must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd.
WHERE TO DROP OFF YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT IN THE BAY
GENERAL BAY AREA VOTING INFORMATION
- Alameda County
- Contra Costa County
- San Francisco County
- Marin County
- Sonoma County
- Fresno County
- Call: (800) 345-VOTE (8683)
TRACK YOUR BALLOT
DON’T BE INTIMIDATED
- Never leave the polling place without voting. If someone tells you that you can’t vote for any reason, demand a “provisional ballot” and 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.
- 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. Go 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, call: (866) OUR-VOTE (687-8683).
VOTING RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE IN JAIL
VOTING RIGHTS FOR DISABLED FOLKS
- What Voters Need to Know en Español
- Register to Vote en Español
- Voting Hotline for Spanish Speakers: (800) 232-VOTA (8682)
BALLOTS IN OTHER LANGUAGES
VETERANS AND THOSE LIVING OVERSEAS
- Bay Area Voting Guide
- California and Voting By Mail Explained
- Election Protection Guide
- California: Election Tools, Deadlines, Dates, Rules, and Links
- Voting FAQ
- Taking Action in the 2020 Election Guide
- “How to Vote for the First Time,” Teen Vogue