How to Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Make sure you are registered to vote

In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election was 15 days before Election Day - October 19. However,  people can cast a conditional ballot and do same day registration on November 3rd (see Same Day Voter Registration below)

If you are enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe At Home, please do not apply to register to vote using this site. Contact the Safe At Home program toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or by the Safe At Home email.

Are you already registered to vote?

You can check your status here: visit Check Status of Your Voter Registration.

When do you need to re-register to vote?

You need to re-register to vote when:

  • You change your name
  • You change your address
  • You change your political party choice.

Same Day Voter Registration (Conditional Voter Registration)

In elections conducted by your county elections official, you can “conditionally” register and vote. Click here for more information.

College students, military, and voters living abroad

If you are a Californian living away from home while attending a college, trade school or technical school, or a voter living temporarily outside the United States, please click here for more information on how to vote and be counted.

Do you need to cancel your registration?

If you are currently registered to vote in California and would like to cancel your voter registration, you can complete the California Voter Registration Cancellation Request Form (PDF) and submit it to your county elections office. If you have any questions, you can contact your county elections office or the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).

Now that you’re registered, it’s time to Vote!

Early voting begins Monday, October 5

  • Know Your Rights! 
  • Vote by mail.
    • On May 8, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20, which among other things, orders that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to each voter prior to November 3, 2020, in addition to offering in-person voting locations. Any registered voter may vote using a vote-by-mail ballot instead of going to the polls on Election Day. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3rd.
    • To find more information on voting by mail, tracking your ballot, and requirements when voting for the first time, click here.
  • Vote by ballot drop box.
    • To find the nearest drop box to you, here is a map of boxes in Alameda County. Ballot drop boxes are open 24-hours and will close at 8:00pm on Election Day, November 3. Vote by mail voters who don’t want to mail in their ballot can also drop their ballots off at these drop-off sites.
  • Vote in Person
    • As required by Assembly Bill No. 860, they must provide 1 Accessible voting locations for every 10,000 voters. At the top of this page Alameda County lists the confirmed locations by city (more are pending):
      The Accessible Voting Locations (AVLs) will available to the public for 4 days:
        • Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
        • Sunday, November 1, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
        • Monday, November 2, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
        • Tuesday, November 3, 2020, from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

      AVLs will include booths that are wheelchair accessible, accessible voting machines which provides two options for voters to cast their ballot (touchscreen with enlargement capabilities /or an audio ballot which allows voters to listen to instructions and ballot selections), and voting assistance will be available as well. 

      The following link has more details on AVLs and what is required to become a designated location:

Language Assistance

Some polling places will have translated copies of the Official Ballot that voters can use as a reference tool when voting. To request a copy of the translated Official Ballot to be mailed or emailed to you, please call 510-272-6973. ACVote has language assistance on their website:

(510) 272-6973

(510) 208-9665

(510) 272-6975

(510) 272-6952

Tiếng Việt
(510) 272-6956

(510) 272-5036

(510) 272-5035

(510) 272-5037

(510) 272-5035

The Secretary of State also offers voter information and assistance in English and 9 more languages. SpanishChineseHindiJapaneseKhmerKoreanTagalogThai or Vietnamese.

Thanks for following along with our quick voting guide. If you are you interested in local data on voting, visit the Official Election Site of Alameda County for voting charts, graphs, and statistics.

Make sure your vote counts!