Student Voter Information (FAQs)
Am I eligible to vote in California?
- To register to vote in California, you must be:
• A United States citizen and a resident of California
• 18 years old or older on Election Day
• Not currently in a state or federal prison for the conviction of a felony
• Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court
How can I register to Vote?
- You can register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov/?t=s. To register online, you will need
the following information:
• California driver’s license or California identification card number
• Last four digits of your social security number
• Date of birth
• Visit RegisterToVote.ca.gov/?t=sto register or update your information
• Note: If you do not have a driver’s license or identification card, you can still register. You will need to verify your identity when voting for the first time
To register by paper:
• Visit your county elections office or library for paper voter registrations
• Visit sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices to find the contact information for your county elections official
• Note: It is important that your voter registration application be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election
What Address can I use to Register to Vote?
- • You can register to vote with your permanent home address or your campus address
• You may not register to vote in two places during the same election cycle
• A vote-by-mail ballot and Voter Information Guide will be mailed to the address you used to register
Attending School Out of State?
- • You may choose to register to vote using your home-away-from-home address you use while at school or your traditional home address
• Choosing which address to use when you register to vote is a personal decision
• You can only register in one state
Do I need Identification when I vote?
- • In most cases, a California voter is not required to show identification before casting a ballot
• If you did not provide identification when you registered to vote, you may be asked to provide identification when you cast your ballot. Types of certified identification include:
- Government issued photo identification card
- Student identification card
- A copy of a recent utility bill
- The county voter information guide sent to you by your county elections office
What If English is not my Preferred Language?
- The Voter Information Guide is available in 10 languages on the SOS website:
Note: You may also request language assistance at in-person voting locations.
Visit VoterGuide.sos.ca.gov for more information.
How can I vote by Mail?
- • California counties must start mailing ballots to active registered voters about 29 days before statewide election
• Insert your completed ballot in the envelope provided, make sure you complete all required information on the envelope
• You may return your completed ballot on or before Election Day by:
- Mailing it to your county elections official
- Returning it in person to any polling place within the state or the office of your county elections official
- Dropping your ballot off at a drop-off location or into a ballot drop box within the state; or
- Authorizing someone to return the ballot on your behalf
• Visit sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail for more information
When and Where can I vote?
- Early in Person
• Counties in California will be offering early in-person voting opportunities
• VisitCAEarlyVoting.sos.ca.gov to find your nearest polling location
Early by Mail
• Sign and mail your ballot as soon as you complete it
• Completed vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day
Secure Drop Box
• The secure drop box shall be clearly and visibly marked as an “Official Ballot Drop Box” that shows language stating that tampering with the drop box is a felony
• Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day
• If you are in line by the closing time, then you have a right to vote
Where's my Ballot?
- Sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to track if your ballot has been mailed, received,
counted, or if there were any issues. You can choose to receive updates by:
• Text message (SMS)
• Voice call
What is Redistricting and How does it affect you?
- Following the 2020 Census, updated information about California’s population was used
to redraw county and electoral lines. These changes were made by the California Citizens
Redistricting Commission. Visit www.sos.ca.gov/elections/california-redistricting for
What is on my ballot?
- The 2022 General Election ballot will have the following contests:
• United States Senator (Full term)
• United States Senator (Partial/unexpired term)
• United States Representative
• Governor • State Treasurer • State Senator
• Lieutenant Governor • Insurance Commissioner • State Assembly
• California Secretary of State • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Propositions
• Attorney General • Board of Equalization Member
• State Controller • Supreme and Appellate Court Justices
• Local Candidates Check with your county for more information regarding local contests
• Local Measures sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices
Report any issues you encounter while voting to the California Statewide Voter Hotline at
(800) 345-VOTE (8683). Visit sos.ca.gov for more information and additional languages.