How do I register to vote in the state of California?

In order to register to vote in the state of California, you must complete a registration form and turn it in to the appropriate election officials by a certain deadline, which differs according to the date of the upcoming election in which you wish to vote. Typically, your registration form must be delivered or postmarked at least fifteen (15) days prior to the election. For example, in order to vote in the November 3,2009 election, you must register to vote no later than October 19, 2009. You can submit your voter registration form to your county elections office in person, by mail, or online.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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