About This State

California! Back in the day, people searched your state for gold. Now, they search for a place with oat milk in stock (which is just as expensive!) California has a lot going for it. All you shiny happy people running on beaches better be exercising YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE this year. Here’s everything you need to know to be a voter in the Golden State.

Be A Voter

Key Dates

Oct 24

Registration Deadline

Oct 10 – Nov 7

Early Voting Period

Nov 8

General Election, Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline (by mail and in-person)

California Voter Guide

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  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to We're working with to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    Register Here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    California has Conditional Voter Registration on Election Day, which is a safety net if you miss the deadline. If you wait until Election day to register or update your registration, you'll have to complete the process by visiting a count elections office or vote center within 14 days after the election. So why wait? Do it now. Do it do it do it dooo itdoitdoitdoit:

    Register Now
  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! As long as you're registered, your ballot will be mailed to you. Then, you can fill it out and make sure it's postmarked on or before November 8th. This is called an absentee ballot.

    Request Here
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! The early voting period is October 10th-November 7th. You can find the early voting/ballot drop-off locations here.

    Find Out More
  • Do I need an ID?

    Ok, so if you completed your registration in the past and have voted before, you're all set. If you're a first-time voter or want to finish your registration on Election Day, you will need to bring a photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck. Get all the details from VoteRiders.

    Get the Details
  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee/by mail, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, polling places will be open from 7am to 8pm, and you can find the polling place closest to you here.

    Find Your Polling Place

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what's new in california voting since 2020

Great news, California! Your state passed laws to modernize your elections in 2021. Going forward, active voters will automatically receive mail ballots for every election. Voters may remember that this was the case in 2020 due to the pandemic; it's now permanent. Ballot tracking and drop boxes will be available.Additionally, California enacted automatic voter registration, which enables the DMV to transmit information such as new addresses or newly eligible voters to election authorities and update voters' registrations automatically.


  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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