Vote on Tuesday! It’s easy — even if you haven’t registered.
Whether you’re a first-time voter or a seasoned veteran, the big day is here on Tuesday, March 3.
Even if you forgot to register or wanted to update your party affiliation or address, it’s no problem. You can take advantage of same-day voter registration. Don’t let others decide for you! Make your voice heard. Here’s what you need to know.
Voting in person?
- Check your polling place. You’ll find it on the voter guide you got in the mail or look it up right here.
- Get to the polls by 8 p.m. You can cast your vote as early as 7 a.m.
Voting by mail?
There are several ways to submit your completed mail-in ballot:
- Put it in the mail, and make sure it is postmarked by March 3. California ballots do not require postage — but some states do, so check it before you send.
- Drop it off at any polling place before the polls close at 8 p.m. on March 3. (And as a bonus, get your “I voted” sticker.)
- Drop it off at an official mail-in ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Find a drop location near you.
Forgot to register? You can still vote!
Vote at a site with same-day registration
California recently implemented same-day voter registration as a safety net for those who have missed the deadline to register (or to update their registration with their desired party or voting address.)
Simply go to a designated same-day voting location between now through Election Day and officials will process your registration and hand you a ballot right there.
Cast a provisional ballot at the polls
If all else fails, California voters can register and cast a provisional ballot at any polling place on Election Day. You may not be eligible to vote for certain local candidates and issues, but your votes for statewide and national races still count.
Having trouble with voting? Call this hotline
Call 800-345-VOTE — California’s voter hotline, staffed by actual humans — if you have questions or to report problems at the polls.Tags: GOTV, voting