Voting: A How to Guide

Kate Wasson, Editor-at-Large

Voting is both a right and a responsibility. Voting may seem overly complicated, but it’s very easy. Follow these steps to successfully register to vote.

There are a few different ways that you can register to vote, either online, in person or by mail.

You will need: a California Driver’s License or Identification Card, the last four digits of your Social Security number and your birthday.
1.) Click on the link for the California Online Voter Registration website.
2.) Click on the Register to Vote Now button
3.) Fill out the Online Forms and follow all directions

1.) Receive the Voter Registration Form
Call your county elections office or call 1-800-345-VOTE (8683)to have the form sent to you
2.) Fill out the form entirely (if you’re registering for the first time, include a copy of your photo identification, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address. (If you do to submit an ID with your application, you’ll have to show an ID when you vote.
3.) Mail the form 

In Person:
1.) Get the Voter Registration Form
Pick up the form at your county elections office, the DMV office, post office, public library, or other government office.
2.) Fill out the form completely

Find Your Polling Place:
County Elections Office:
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