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Monday, October 22, 2012

Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote

 Monday, October 22 is the last day to register to vote for the November 6, 2012 Presidential Election. 

Or you can register online before midnight on October 22.
Register to Vote Online

Voter Registration Information

Register to Vote Now

You can apply to register to vote right now by filling in the online application. If you have any questions, visitFrequently Asked Questions, contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (800) 345-8683 or by email.
If you are enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe At Home, please do not apply to register to vote using this site. Contact the Safe At Home program toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or by the Safe At Home email.
Assistance in Other Languages
For a voter registration form in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, or Vietnamese, visit the Secretary of State's New Voters web page.
Pick Up a Voter Registration Application
You can also pick up a paper voter registration application at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post office. It is important that your voter registration application be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election.
Military and overseas voters are United States citizens who are members of the Uniformed Services (on active duty) and their eligible dependents, members of the Merchant Marine and their eligible dependents, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or United States citizens residing outside the United States. To apply to register to vote, receive your elections materials, and vote, you must apply for a special absentee ballot by filling out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).


To register to vote in California, you must be:
  • A United States citizen,
  • A resident of California,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not in prison or in county jail (serving a state prison sentence or serving a term of more than one year in jail for a defined "low-level" felony), or on parole, post release community supervision, or post-sentencing probation for a felony conviction (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Guide for Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Californians), and
  • Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent.

Are You Already Registered to Vote?

To find out if you are currently registered to vote, visit Check Status of Your Voter Registration.

Voter Registration Deadlines

In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day, so please register early!

Voter Registration Deadlines for Upcoming Elections
Election DateYour registration must be postmarked or
submitted electronically no later than:
November 6, 2012
(General Election)
October 22, 2012
November 6, 2012
(Senate District 4 Special Primary Election)
October 22, 2012

When to Re-Register to Vote

You need to re-register to vote when:
  • You move to a new permanent residence,
  • You change your name, or
  • You change your political party choice.

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