Voting and Homelessness
Can I register and vote if I am homeless?
Yes, if you are experiencing homelessness or if you are in non-traditional or transitional housing you can still register and vote.
What should be listed as my residence address?
You can register to vote using a cross street/intersection or landmark such as Clock Tower or Benchlands. When registering to vote this way, a separate mailing address is required. Check with our local homeless shelters or community-based organizations serving people who are unhoused to see if they will allow you to use their address as your residence address. Make sure you get permission before listing their address as your residence address.
What can I use for a mailing address?
Check with your local homeless shelter or community-based organizations serving people who are unhoused to see if they will allow you to use their address for mail services. You can also sign up for General Delivery through your local post office. You may also use the mailing address of a friend or family member.
What if I do not have a mailing address?
If you register to vote with a cross street, intersection or landmark and do not have a mailing address to include on your voter registration, you will not be registered to vote. We will not be able to mail you election materials, including your ballot. However, if you went to a voting location during the Election, you could vote, and your ballot will be counted.
I am in between housing?
If you moved out of your housing and have not re-established a place to live, you may continue to use your last known voting address until a new one is established – even though your intention to return is not certain. This is pursuant to a court case Walters v. Weed (1988) AKA “UCSC Student Voting Case.” 45 Cal.3rd.1.
Voters who are students, traveling around the country, or are transient are often in this category.
When should you re-register to vote?
If you move, change your name, or want to change your political party you need to re-register to vote. If you have completed all the conditions of a felony conviction, you must register to vote again.
How do I register to vote?
You can pick up a voter registration card at any post office, city hall, library, DMV, or county elections office. You can also register to vote online at www.registertovote.ca.gov if you have a driver’s license or state ID. If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, you will need to print out the form, sign it and return it.