Get Registered to Vote!
The Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper asks all of it's readers to encourage their eligible friends, family members, and associates to become members of the voting population. Considering the historic nature of this 2008 presidential election, this community publication is committed to encouraging EVERYONE to embrace being a part of this historic election year. Residents in Southern California may even register to vote at the offices of the Los Angeles Sentinel as a matter of convenience. Southern California residents may also find other certified registration locations in their area by visiting LA VOTE.
Below are a few important notes about registering to vote:
You may register to vote in California if:
California Registration Deadlines
In order to be eligible to vote in the statewide election on:
Your registration must be postmarked no later than:
November 4, 2008 (General Election)
October 20, 2008
How You Can Register to Vote
Click here (ENGLISH/ESPAÑOL) to download and complete the voter registration form on your computer. When you fill in your address, the address for your county elections office will automatically be added. Then simply print the form, sign it, and mail it directly to your county elections office.
Click here (ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL) to fill out a voter registration form that will be mailed to you for your signature. Because state law requires you to provide a valid signature on a voter registration card, you will not be registered to vote until your county elections office receives a signed copy of this form.
It will be approximately 7 to 14 days before you receive this form. Because all voter registration forms must be postmarked (or hand delivered to the appropriate county elections office) 15 days before an election, you should not exercise this option fewer than 30 days before an election.
You can pick up a voter registration form at your county elections office, library, or U.S. Post Office. It is important that your voter registration form be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election.
Overseas Voter Registration and Voting By Mail
If you are a U.S. citizen and are going to be overseas, or if you are in the military and wish to vote by mail, there are special provisions for you to register and receive an overseas ballot (referred to as a absentee ballot under federal law). To do this you may need to complete a "Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot Request," and mail it to your local county elections official.
Many times, overseas military voters, their overseas spouses and dependents, and other registered voters living abroad have a difficult time obtaining, voting, and returning their ballots by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Under the law, a request for a vote-by-mail ballot from an overseas voter will register that voter as a permanent vote-by-mail voter.
When to Re-Register to Vote
You will need to re-register to vote when:
As a California voter, you should be aware that in some areas, local elections are held on dates that do not coincide with statewide election dates. The 15-day close of registration deadline for these local elections varies depending on the actual date of the election. If you need to know a deadline for a local election, contact your county elections office.
Voter Registration Deadlines
In California, the deadline to register to vote for an election is 15 days before each local and statewide Election Day, so please register early!
Voter Registration Drives
Anyone distributing voter registration cards in California should be familiar with the rules and regulations for conducting voter registration drives. For information, please read the Secretary of State's Guide to Voter Registration.
Statement of Distribution Form for Voter Registration Cards
Anyone requesting 50 or more voter registration cards from the Secretary of State must complete and submit a Statement of Distribution Form and a plan of distribution to the Secretary of State.
The statement and plan of distribution can be mailed or faxed to:
The Secretary of State's Elections Division will process the request within 48 hours of receiving it. For additional assistance, please contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division at (916) 657-2166.
Report of Registration
The Secretary of State is responsible for producing a statistical report detailing voter registration numbers in California several times per year. To view these reports, please go to Report of Registration.
Frequently Asked Questions
For additional assistance with voter registration, please contact the Secretary of State's office at the following toll-free numbers:
Source (California Secretary of State)