FAQs

  1. When is the last day I can register to vote?
  2. Do I need to show my ID to vote?
  3. I lost my Vote by Mail Ballot, what do I do?
  4. How do I find my polling place?
  5. When do the polls open and close?
  6. What if I forgot to mail my vote by mail ballot?
  7. Do I need time off from work to vote?
  8. What if I turn 18 on Election Day can I still register to vote?
  9. Can I vote in the Democratic primary if I am an independent voter?


1. When is the last day I can register to vote?
A: You must be registered to vote 15 days before Election Day. 

2. Do I need to show my ID to vote?
A: In almost all cases no. However if you did not provide your Driver's license number, California ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your voter registration form, then you may be asked to present some sort of identification. Click here to learn what forms of ID are acceptable?

3. I lost my Vote by Mail Ballot, what do I do?
A: If you lost or never received your vote by mail ballot contact your County Registrar for a replacement. Click here to find your registrar.

4. How do I find my polling place?
A: Your polling location will be listed on your sample ballot.

5. When do the polls open and close?
A:In California, the polls open at 7am and close at 8pm. If you are in line before 8pm you have the right to cast your ballot.

6. What if I forgot to mail my vote by mail ballot?
A: you can always drop off your vote by mail ballot at any polling place in the County you are registered to vote in on Election Day.

7. Do I need time off from work to vote?
A: State law permits voters to take off two hours without loss of pay at a time mutually agreed with their employer or at the beginning or ending of the regular working shift. The voter must give their employers two working days notice 

8. What if I turn 18 on Election Day can I still register to vote?
A: as long as you are 18 years of age on Election Day you can register to vote.

9. Can I vote in the Democratic primary if I am an independent voter?
A: Yes. Please check with your registrar of voters that you are registered as “No Party Preference (NPP),” formerly called “Declined to Sate” (DTS) and not American Independent (which IS a party preference). You must be a registered Democrat or as no-party-preference to vote for a Democrat for president in the June 7 primary. At the polls you must request a Democrat ballot to vote for the Democrat candidates. The NPP ballot will not have presidential candidates listed. If you are an absentee voter or Vote by Mail voter (VBM) you must call your registrar of voter and request that a Democrat ballot to be mailed to you. For more information, please visit the Secretary of State website http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/political-parties/no-party-preference/ or call (916) 653-6814

We need you to be a part of the California Democratic Party's blue wave by Donating Every Month between now and the 2018 Election! LEARN MORE

Click here to update your information

Stay Informed