Important Voter Information and Tips
Note: This section pertains to voting in Los Angeles County. If you live outside LA County, click here.
If you have an urgent question regarding voter information that is not answered in the FAQ sections below, please call our hotline at 213-382-0063 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting and Voter Registration FAQs
Am I Registered to Vote?
Click here to check your voter registration status on the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website.
Am I Signed Up to Vote By Mail?
Click here to apply and to check your vote-by-mail application status on the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website.
Where Do I Vote and How Do I Get a Sample Ballot?
Click here to find your polling place and get a copy of your sample ballot from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website.
How Do I Register to Vote?
Click here to register to vote online at the California Secretary of State’s website.
Please note that the voter registration deadline for any election is 15 days prior to Election Day. Please note that the deadline is a “received by” deadline.
How Do I Sign Up to Vote By Mail?
Click here for vote-by-mail information (Los Angeles County).
Click here for vote-by-mail information (outside of Los Angeles County).
Click here for information on military and overseas voting.
Click here for emergency vote-by-mail information (Los Angeles County).
Please return your vote-by-mail application to your local election official at least seven (7) days before Election Day to receive ballot for that election. Please note that the deadline is a “received by” deadline.
Where Can I Get More Voting Related Information?
Click here to visit the California Secretary of State’s website.
Click here to visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website.
Vote-By-Mail Ballot Voting FAQs
When must I return my Vote-by-Mail ballot?
In order to be counted, your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and received by the Friday after the election. If you return your ballot by mail, please remember to put the required postage on the ballot envelope.
Additionally, you can bring your ballot to the elections office or to any poll worker at a polling place within your county of residence (for federal, state, or consolidated elections) or your city (for locally administered municipal elections) before the polls close on Election Day.
If I lose the vote-by-mail ballot that was sent to me, can I get another one?
YES. However, you must sign a statement under penalty of perjury that you lost, destroyed or did not receive the first vote-by-mail ballot.
The elections official maintains a record of each request, and provides a list of these requests to the polling place to ensure that each voter casts only one ballot. If you vote twice by vote-by-mail ballot, even if by mistake, neither ballot will be counted.
Can I give my voted vote-by-mail ballot to someone else to return for me?
If you are ill, or have a physical disability, you may designate a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister or a person residing in the same household as the vote-by-mail-voter to return your voted ballot for you.
Your designated person may return it in person to the elections office or to a polling place in your county (for federal, state, or consolidated elections) or city (for locally administered municipal elections), or may place it in the mail to return to the elections official. Contact your elections official for more information.
If I request a vote-by-mail ballot, can I change my mind and still vote at my regular polling place?
YES. You must bring your unused vote-by-mail ballot and give it to the polling place worker before voting at a polling place.
If you are unable to surrender your vote-by-mail ballot, you may still cast a “provisional” ballot at your polling place, which will not be counted until the elections official can determine that you have not also voted a vote-by-mail ballot.
Know Your Voting Rights
Do you need an ID to vote?
If you are asked to show ID and you have it with you, you should do so. However, if you do not have ID, YOU CAN ALWAYS VOTE a “Provisional Ballot.”
If you are waiting in line to vote when the polls close:
You can vote if you are in the polling place or in line before 8:00 PM on Election Day.
If you need time off from work to vote:
You can take up to two hours off work to vote without loss of pay by giving your employer prior notice.
If anyone challenges you on your right to vote based upon your citizenship, residence or identity:
The ONLY person who can challenge your right to vote is an official County or City precinct worker. Intimidating voters is against the law. Please report any incident like this to official precinct workers.
If you need a non-English ballot: You can ask for a ballot in your language.
If not available, there may be a posted translation.
If you need help voting because of a disability:
If you can’t read or write, or have a physical disability, you can ask for assistance.
If your polling place is inaccessible because you have a physical disability:
You can have a precinct worker come outside the polling place and allow you to vote there.
If you need to take your children to the polling place:
You can bring your children under 18 into the voting booth with you.
If you make a mistake on your ballot:
If you make a mistake, you have the right to twice receive a replacement ballot.
If there is ever a question about your right to vote, you can always vote by Provisional Ballot. A Provisional Ballot is the same as a regular ballot, but it will not be counted until election officials are able to confirm your voter registration information after the election. In some cases, documentation of your residence address may be required.
If you voted by using a Provisional Ballot, click here to find out the status of your ballot.
You should vote a Provisional Ballot IF:
– Election officials can’t confirm your voter registration.
– You received a vote-by-mail ballot but never returned it.
– Records show that you have moved.
– It appears that you have already voted.
– You are voting at a polling place outside your home precinct.
Please Note: If you lost your home due to the foreclosure crisis: You can use your prior permanent residence, where you were registered to vote, as your address for the purpose of voting. You can go back to the polling place assigned to your old address, vote early at the registrar’s office, or get a vote-by-mail ballot.
Useful Contacts and Websites
Click here for the California Secretary of State’s website.
Click here for a list of county elections offices in California.
Click here for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website.
Click here for the California Democratic Party voter rights page.