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California

Population

39,512,223

Voting-Age Pop.

25,232,634

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 62 %
Trump 32 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 19, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

All registered voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot for the Nov 3 general election.

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  • Yes, all registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the general election.

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Yes, all registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the general election.

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  • Oct 5: No later than this date, county elections officials shall begin mailing each registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot.

When will I receive my ballot?

Oct 5: No later than this date, county elections officials shall begin mailing each registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot.

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  • Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.

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Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.

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  • If you are not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, take it to any polling place in the state between 7am and 8pm on Election Day.

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If you are not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, take it to any polling place in the state between 7am and 8pm on Election Day.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


    Each county elections official in California will automatically send mail ballots for the Nov 3 general election to all registered voters.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


Each county elections official in California will automatically send mail ballots for the Nov 3 general election to all registered voters.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Some counties offer early voting at a few locations before Election Day. Contact your county elections office to see if they offer early voting.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

Eligible citizens who need to register or re-register to vote within 14 days of an election can complete this process to register and vote at their county elections office, polling place, or vote center. Their ballots will be processed and counted once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

In most cases, a California voter is not required to show identification to a polling place worker before casting a ballot. However, if you are voting for the first time after registering to vote by mail and did not provide your driver license number, California identification number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration form, you may be asked to show a form of identification when you go to the polls. Be sure to bring identification with you to your polling place or include a copy of it with your vote-by-mail ballot.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - sos.ca.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Passport

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  • Driver's License

  • Official State Identification Card

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  • Copy of Recent Utility Bill

  • Sample Ballot Booklet

    Received from your county elections office

  • Another Document Sent by a Government Agency

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  • Student Identification Card

    Showing your name and photograph


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Covid-19 Voting

Voting resources regarding Covid-19 are developing.

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US Elections, Explained

What you should know about what's happening with the 2020 election and how it all works.

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