Voter Resources

Your Vote Matters

YOUR voice in OUR democracy

Did you know Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) comprise 15% of the state’s electorate?

That’s huge!

When you exercise your right and responsibility to vote, you change the way our democracy works. Our community is the fastest growing population in the country and we need representatives and decisions that best respect and represent our needs.

STEP 1: Register!

The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election in California is 15 days before the election at 11:59:59 Pacific Standard Time (PST). If you submit an application after this time, your application will still be processed for future elections.

When Do I Register?

You will need to re-register to vote when:

  • You move
  • You change your name
  • You change your political party affiliation

Am I Qualified?

You can register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen
  • You are a resident of California
  • You are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election
  • You are not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony
  • You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote

What Will I Need?

Be sure to have the following information on hand when registering to vote online:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number
  • The last four digits of your social security number
  • Your date of birth

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview.

Step 2: Get Informed

What’s on my ballot? Who am I voting for? What issues am I voting on?

STEP 3: Get out and Vote

The next Election Day is on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

In addition to voting for our next governor, you could also be voting on your Congressional, state, or even local representatives.

How do I Vote?

In person

Cast your vote in person! Polling sites are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm and have poll workers who can assist you with questions you may have.

By Mail

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. Rather than go to the polls to cast a ballot on election day, you may apply for an absentee ballot, which you will need to complete and return to your elections official.

You may also apply for permanent absentee ballot status. In this case,  you will automatically receive a permanent absentee ballot for every election. Simply follow any of the three steps above, but indicate that you are applying for permanent absentee voting. If you fail to cast a ballot in two consecutive statewide general elections, you will be removed from the permanent absent voter list and will need to reapply in order to restore status.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the elections official no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Vote Early

You may be able to vote at the County Election Office prior to Election Day. Depending on where you live, your county may offer early voting at any number of sites determined by the County Election Office. Please check with your county election office.

Additional Voter Resources

Check your voter

registration status

Not sure if you have already registered?


Voter Updates

Have questions about California’s New Motor Voter Law?

Voter Hotlines

(800) 345-VOTE (8683) – English

(800) 339-2857 – 中文 / Chinese

(888) 345-2692 – हिन्दी / Hindi

(800) 339-2865 – 日本語 / Japanese

(888) 345-4917 – ខ្មែរ / Khmer

(866) 575-1558 – 한국어 / Korean

(800) 339-2957 – Tagalog

(855) 345-3933 – ภาษาไทย / Thai

(800) 339-8163 – Việt ngữ / Vietnamese