Instructions for voting

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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your CA driver’s license or CA ID card number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, and your birthday to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

sos.ca.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a California address
  • Be 16 years old in order to register, and be 18 by Election Day, Nov 6, in order to vote
  • Not serving a sentence (including parole) for a felony conviction
  • Not currently found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law

How to Vote

Vote early

Dates vary by county. You may vote early in person at your county elections office or at other early voting locations before Election Day.

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required.


Who can vote early

Any voter registered in California can vote early in person.

Absentee ballot received by

November 6


Vote on Election Day

November 6

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted photo ID

Registration requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Alabama. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at 18 on Election Day, Nov 6
  • Live at an Alabama address
  • Not have been convicted of a disqualifying felony (unless your civil and political rights have been restored)
  • Not have been determined to be mentally incompetent, unless the declaration has been lifted

ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in California, you don’t need to show ID

If you’re a first-time voter, registered by mail, and didn’t include your driver’s license number, California ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you need to include a copy of accepted ID with your mail-in ballot and you may be asked to provide ID if you vote in person

Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo ID that includes your name and photograph. Examples:

  • Driver’s license or ID card of any state
  • Passport
  • Employee ID card
  • ID card provided by a commercial establishment
  • Credit or debit card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Health club ID card
  • Insurance plan ID card
  • Public housing ID card

You can also use any of the following documents that includes your name and address as long as the document is dated after Nov 4, 2014:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Government paycheck
  • Document issued by a governmental agency
  • Sample ballot or other official elections document issued by a governmental, agency dated for the upcoming election
  • Voter notification card issued by a governmental agency
  • Public housing ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Lease or rental statement or agreement issued by a governmental agency
  • Student ID card issued by a governmental agency
  • Tuition statement or bill issued by a governmental agency
  • Insurance plan card or drug discount card issued by a governmental agency
  • Discharge certificates, pardons, or other official documents issued to you by a governmental agency in connection with the resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence, or other matter
  • Public transportation authority senior citizen and disabled discount cards issued by a governmental agency
  • ID documents issued by governmental disability agencies
  • ID documents issued by government homeless shelters and other government temporary or transitional facilities
  • Drug prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental health care provider
  • Property tax statement issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle registration issued by a governmental agency
  • Vehicle certificate of ownership issued by a governmental agency

Frequently Asked Questions