About This State

California! Back in the day, people searched your state for gold. Now, they search for a place with oat milk in stock (which is just as expensive!) California has a lot going for it. All you shiny happy people running on beaches better be exercising YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE this year. We've got everything you need to know to be a voter in the Golden State. California will have two main elections in 2022. Its primary election will take place on June 7, and the general will be held on November 8. (Source: Ballot Ready)

Be A Voter

Key Dates

May 23

Primary Registration Deadline

May 31

Primary Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Jun 7

Primary Absentee Ballot Return Deadline (by hand)

Jun 14

Primary Absentee Ballot Return Deadline (by mail)

Jun 7

Primary Election

Nov 8

General Election

California Voter Guide

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

    Go to We're working with to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    Register Here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    California has Conditional Voter Registration on Election Day, which is a safety net if you miss the deadline. If you wait until Election day to register or update your registration, you'll have to complete the process by visiting a count elections office or vote center within 14 days after the election. So why wait? Do it now. Do it do it do it dooo itdoitdoitdoit:

    Register Now
  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    California has a top-two primary, which means that all candidates, regardless of party, are listed on the same primary ballot. The top four vote-getters, regardless of their party, advance to the general election.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! As long as you're registered, your ballot will be mailed to you Then, you can fill it out and mail it back by June 7th. This is called an absentee ballot.

    Request Here
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! Dates vary by location, so contact your local election office. County election office contact information can be found below.

    Find Out More
  • Do I need an ID?

    Ok, so if you completed your registration in the past and have voted before, you're all set. If you're a first-time voter or want to finish your registration on Election Day, you will need to bring a photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck. Get all the details from VoteRiders.

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what's new in california voting since 2020

Great news, California! Your state passed laws to modernize your elections in 2021. Going forward, active voters will automatically receive mail ballots for every election. Voters may remember that this was the case in 2020 due to the pandemic; it's now permanent. Ballot tracking and drop boxes will be available.Additionally, California enacted automatic voter registration, which enables the DMV to transmit information such as new addresses or newly eligible voters to election authorities and update voters' registrations automatically.


  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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