With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in California!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

The State of California supports two different forms of early in-person voting:

  • A voter may return their vote-by-mail ballot in person before the election.
    • All active registered voters will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020, General Election. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by November 3, 2020; ballots returned at a secure ballot drop box must be deposited by 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020.
    • If a ballot is not received, any registered voter can go to a county elections office in person to request and receive a vote-by-mail ballot.
  • A voter may also vote early in person by going to polling locations.
    • One or more early voting locations will be available in all counties for at least four days beginning the Saturday before the November 3, 2020, election. Voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance. Dates and times in which early in-person voting is available may vary by county - you can check the details at California's official early voting website.

Can you early vote by mail?

  • California will send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the November 3, 2020 election.
  • You can still a request a one-time absentee ballot if you will be away from home during a specific election.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

California voters must provide their California driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in California you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • be a resident of California;
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day (you may pre-register if you are at least 16);
  • not be imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
  • not currently be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law.

Can I register online?

California voters must include their California driver's license number or state ID number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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