As part of our mission, we understand that voter empowerment and civic engagement is an essential part of the college experience and contributes to democratic participation in our society.
Register to Vote
Inscribirse Para Votar
Upcoming Election Dates:
- Last Day to Register to Vote in the Presidential Primary Election – Tuesday, February 20, 2024
- 2024 California Presidential Primary Election – Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Register to Vote:
Are You Eligible to Vote?
To vote in California, you must be:
To vote in California, you'll need to be registered in California. Not registered yet, or not sure if you're registered?
- Register to Vote
- Pre-Register to Vote
- Check Your Registration Status
Webinar and FAQs: Increasing Voter Access
Ensuring Participation: Increasing Voter Access
On a national scale, voter turnout has not surpassed 62.77% for a presidential election since 1960*. In this webinar, our campus student leaders explore the issue of voting access with elections experts – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, State Senator Ben Allen. What is the state doing to encourage people to vote? How is California increasing voter access, including for vulnerable eligible voters who are homeless and/or disabled?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Click on any of the FAQs below, which will guide you to the relevant California Secretary of State web pages. Use your state's Secretary of State website as the primary source for elections and voting information.
- What is Same Day Voter Registration?
- Who is eligible to Pre-Register to Vote before age 18? And, how do I pre-register?
- Is there in-person early voting in my county? Where do I drop off my vote-by-mail ballot
- Where is my polling place?
- What is the California Voter's Choice Act (VCA)?
- Does my county participate in VCA?
- How does California ensure access to Voters with Disabilities? Check out the following two videos:
- If an individuals have a primary language preference other than English, are voter registration applications available to them?
- Does California provide the restoration of voting rights for individuals who have been formerly incarcerated?
For further research on related topics, here are a few resources.
Provides an explanation of voter registration practices across states.
Webinar and FAQs: Demystifyig Vote-By-Mail
In California, you may request a vote-by-mail ballot for a particular election or you may request permanent vote-by-mail status. California, along with 28 other states do this. Five states conduct all elections entirely by mail – Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah. Given Covid-19, what are the changes regarding vote-by-mail? Is it possible for California to follow in the footsteps of "all mail elections" states? How is California working with the U.S. Postal Service?
In this webinar, our campus student leaders address these questions with elections experts, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Mindy Romero.
Watch on YouTube – Demystifying Vote By Mail Webinar
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Click on any of the FAQs below which will guide you to the relevant Secretary of State web pages. Use your state's Secretary of State website as the primary source for elections and voting information. For more information, call the Secretary of State's toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or contact your county elections office.
- How do I verify my voter registration status?
- How do I become a permanent vote-by-mail voter? Update your voter registration status to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter at RegisterToVote.ca.gov.
- How do I submit my vote-by-mail ballot?
- Once I've submitted my ballot, how can I track my vote-by-mail ballot?
- Will safe in-person voting be available?
- How do I apply to become an elections poll worker?
Webinar and FAQs: Cybersecurity and Election Interference
Cybersecurity and Election Interference
In 2016, national intelligence agencies confirmed that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election. This was done through propaganda created on social media platforms. No successful hacking of elections systems occurred. To prevent this from happening again and to prevent possible security breaches, Congress allocated $380 million in 2018 to help states strengthen their election cybersecurity. How has California used funding to strengthen the state's voting system? What concerns were state elections officials addressing when they made their decisions?
In this webinar, campus student leaders explore election security issues with experts – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Alliance for Securing Democracy's David Levine.
Watch on YouTube – Cybersecurity and Election Interference Webinar
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Click on any of the FAQs below which will guide you to the relevant California Secretary of State web pages. Use your state's Secretary of State website as the primary source for elections and voting information.
- What is a provisional ballot? What happens after you cast it?
- What is a common misunderstanding about provisional ballots?
- How can you check the status of your provisional ballot by phone or online?
- Where are the safe in-person voting locations in my county?
- What is the Office of Election Cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management?
- How is California working with national intelligence agencies to improve election cybersecurity?
- How are elections secured in California in all phases of the elections process?
- What is California doing to curb election misinformation – Vote Sure Initiative?
- In addition to voting, how can voters help combat elections misinformation?
Research and studies that are mentioned in the webinar can be found here. For accurate and timely information, we recommend that you begin your research here.
- National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) – #TRUSTEDINFO2020
- U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security
- Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD)
- National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) – State Statutes Prohibiting Tampering with Voting Systems
Use these resources to find information on elections, polling locations, early voting and how to vote by mail.
State of California
Use the non-partisan resources below to learn about your representatives, candidates, ballot measures, and more.
Find Your Representatives
You are represented by one (1) Assembly Member and one (1) State Senator:
You are represented by one (1) House Member and two (2) U.S. Senators:
House of Representatives
U.S. and California Constitutions:
The Constitution of the United States
Created: September 17, 1787
Ratified: June 21, 1788
Date effective: March 4, 1789
Last amended: May 5, 1992
The Constitution of California