WHO CAN REGISTER TO VOTE?
You can register to vote and vote if you are:
- A United States citizen;
- A resident of California;
- At least 18 years of age or older on or before the next Election Day;
- Not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
- Not found mentally incompetent by a court of law.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER?
To vote at your polling place on Election Day, or to receive your ballot in the mail, you must register no less than 15 days before the election.
After the 15 day deadline, eligible voters who have not registered may still vote by registering and casting a provisional ballot at the Elections Division.
HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?
To become a registered voter, you must complete and return a Voter Registration Form. You can obtain this form from many state and local government offices including the DMV. You may also visit our office in the Government Center or call us at (805) 654-2664 and we will mail you a form.
WHEN SHOULD I RE-REGISTER?
You must re-register if you have moved, changed your name, or wish to change your political party preference.
To change your mailing address, sign up to vote by mail, or cancel your registration, submit an Update Form.
NEW STATEWIDE DATABASE REQUIREMENT:
you MUST include your California Driver’s License number (CDL) or California State Identification number, if you have one, on your Voter Registration Card. If you do not have a CDL or a state ID, you must provide the last four (4) numbers of your Social Security Number.
USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION (E.C. 2157.2)
Information on your voter registration affidavit will be used by elections officials to send you official information on the voting process, such as the location of your polling place and the issues and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is a misdemeanor. Voter information may be provided to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee, or other person for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. Driver’s license and social security numbers, or your signature as shown on your voter registration card, cannot be released for these purposes. If you have any questions about the use of voter information, or wish to report suspected misuse of such information, please call the Secretary of State’s Voter Protection and Assistance Hotline at 1-800-345-8683.
Certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, please contact the Secretary of State’s Safe At Home program or visit the Secretary of State’s website.
REGISTRATION PURGE PROCESS
If a voter has not voted in any election within the preceding four years, and his or her residence address, name, or party affiliation has not been updated during that time, the county elections official may send a confirmation postcard to the voter’s address with a postage-paid and self-addressed return card to enable the voter to verify or correct their address information. (1) If the voter returns the postcard updating his or her address in Ventura County, then the voter’s voter registration remains active and the voter will continue to receive voting information by mail. (2) If the postcard is returned indicating the voter is no longer in Ventura County, the voter registration will be canceled. (3) If the postcard is not returned within 15 days, the voter’s registration is placed in inactive status.