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Missed the voter registration deadline?

You can still register and vote on the same day!

Go to one of the designated locations for the election. 

It’s three simple steps you can complete in one visit:

  1. You register to vote
  2. You vote
  3. You seal your ballot in a special envelope and sign the envelope

Your vote will be counted after elections officials verify your voter registration and confirm you have not already voted in this election. You can check if your ballot was counted and, if not, why not.

After the election, visit www.votescount.com or call 831-454-2060 to check the status of your ballot.

This is called Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), sometimes called Same Day Registration

Read on for all the details.

Q&A

What is the voter registration deadline?

The deadline to register to vote is 15 days before the election.

Why does the voter registration deadline matter?

There are a lot of milestones as we get close to Election Day

  • If you register 29 days before the election, you receive your state and county voter guide in the mail with all the information you need to vote.
  • If you register 15 days before the election, your name is on the voter list at your polling site and you still have time to vote by mail.
  • If you register after the 15th day, you must go to a county office or designated location to vote.

Where do I check if I am registered to vote?

Visit voterstatus.sos.ca.gov or call 831-454-2060 to look up your registration.

Where should I register and vote after the deadline?

Persons interested in registering and voting after the deadline must go to a designated location. 

If you:

You can go to:

How you vote:

Registered to vote before the 15-day deadline 

Any early voting location

or

Your polling place

Vote a regular ballot

Are not registered to vote

Your county elections office

or designated location

Complete a voter registration form

 

Vote a CVR ballot*

Are registered in another county

Your county elections office (or designated location)  where you now live

Complete a voter registration form

 

Vote a CVR ballot*

Have moved within the county where you are registered to vote

The polling place for your new address or your county elections office

Complete a voter registration form

 

Vote a provisional ballot*

*Your vote will be counted after elections officials verify your voter registration and confirm you have not already voted in this election.

Can I pick up a voter registration form and come back to vote later?

It’s best to do it all at once, but you can also register online at registertovote.ca.gov or bring in a completed voter registration card and then go vote at the Elections Office or designated location.

Will my ballot be counted?

Your ballot will be counted if:

  • Your signature on the ballot envelope matches the one on your voter registration form.
  • You provide all the information needed to identify you on your voter registration form -- including your name, home (residence) address, and date of birth.
  • This is the only ballot you cast in this election.

Is this voter registration good for the next election, too?

Yes. You are now permanently registered to vote under the name and address on your voter registration form. Remember that you will need to update your registration if you move, change your name, or want to change your political party.
 

Information from the Secretary of State