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California State General Election Information

Video: Guide for the New Voter

If you're getting ready to vote for the first time, this short video can help. It goes over the basic requirements for voting in the U.S., and explains why it's important to know your state's specific rules for voting.

How do I register to vote? 

To register to vote in California, you must be: 

• A United States citizen and a resident of California; 

• 18 years old or older on Election Day; 

• Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony; and 

• Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court. 

If you are eligible, you can register to vote or update your registration online at If you would like to fill out a physical form, voter registration applications can be found at post offices and libraries. You must re-register to vote if you move, change your name, or change your political party preference. 

Important Dates: 

September 19, 2023: National Voter Registration Day

February 20, 2024: Last Day to register to vote for the Primary Election

March 5, 2024: Primary Election Day

October 23, 2024: Last day to register to vote for the November 7, 2024 General Election

November 7, 2024: General Election day. Last day to return your vote-by-mail ballot by mail with prepaid postage postmarked on or before this date. You can also vote in-person by returning your ballot to a secure ballot drop box, to a voting location or your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on November 7, 2024.

What’s on the ballot?

Your general Election ballot will include

  • Ballot Propositions

  • Statewide candidates for U.S. Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Member of State Board of Equalization, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Assembly Member

  • Supreme Court Justices, as well as other local candidates and local measures.

Finding voting information and fact checking

How can I get up-to-the-minute election results? 

• Statewide election vote counts can be found at 

• Follow Twitter @CASOSvote

• Sign up for E-updates at

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Additional Resources:

Find in-depth information about what's on your ballot. 

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