You may register online or by mailing a completed Voter Registration Form to your local elections office.
Forms are available at public libraries, city and county offices, Department of Motor
Vehicles offices and U.S. Post Offices or call the office of the California Secretary of State at 800.345.VOTE (8683) to have a form mailed to you.
If you're registered to vote in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County or 14 other counties in the state, you should receive a ballot in the mail by early February, 2020. You'll
then have three ways to vote:
Mail in your ballot as soon as you fill it out – but no later than Election Day. (Postage is free.)
Drop off your ballot at a county drop box, as soon as you fill it out – but no later than Election Day
Visit any Vote Center in your county
You no longer have to vote in the precinct where you live.
Vote Centers will be open starting Feb. 29. Some will open starting Feb. 22
Under the new system, your old polling place may not be open on Election Day. But
you can find the nearest Vote Center or drop box by checking with the Registrar of
Voters for your county. If you live in Santa Clara County, use these online tools
Under the new system, your old polling place may not be open this year. But you can
visit any Vote Center in Santa Clara County, starting Feb. 29. Some Vote Centers will
be open starting Feb. 22. They will be open on Election Day from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
If you live in Santa Clara County or San Mateo County, you can visit any Vote Center
and drop off the ballot you received in the mail. If you didn't receive a ballot,
you can register and vote with a conditional ballot.
Not exactly. You can vote for any candidate on the ballot for the political party
that you selected when you registered to vote. If you want to change parties, you'll
have to re-register.
If you declined to state a party preference, you don't need to change registration
but you will need to request a ballot to vote for American Independent, Democratic
or Libertarian candidates. (You can do that by contacting your Registrar of Voters office.) But if you want to vote for Green, Peace and Freedom or Republican candidates, you'll
need to change your registration to one of those parties.