Voting is fundamental to our democracy. The upcoming election is too important to be complacent about. It's up to you to take the time to shape our future. If we sit on the sidelines, we give others the power to make the future work for them, not all of us.
Register to Vote
Every resident of California who is at least 18 years of age may register and vote. It takes two minutes.
Check Your Registration
Have you moved, changed your name, or turned 18 recently? Check and update your voter registration status.
Find Your Dropbox
Ballot drop boxes provide voters with a safe, accessible, and contact free method to return their completed ballot.
My vote doesn't matter, politicians are all the same.
If your vote didn't change anything, there would have been no need for hundreds of years of voter intimidation, poll taxes, literacy tests, and other forms of voter suppression by local and state governments across the country.
Planned Parenthood Northern California needs reproductive freedom champions to be elected at every level of government to ensure we are able to provide health care and community education across Northern California. While national and state elections tend to get more media attention, local elections like city council and school board are more likely to have immediate impacts on your life. In fact, many local elections are decided by less than a dozen votes.
I don't feel informed enough to know which way to vote, so I shouldn't vote.
Even the most politically engaged people don't know everything about every race on the ballot! It's still important to try to educate yourself using nonpartisan resources like Ballotpedia and Voter's Edge. You can also find the webpages of candidates and ballot measures using your preferred online search engine.
If I leave something blank on my ballot, my ballot won't be counted.
If a voter doesn’t make a choice for a particular contest, no vote is recorded for that contest only. The rest of the ballot still counts. You can vote for as many or as few contests on your ballot as you choose. If there's a race or two where you still feel too uninformed or conflicted to vote, you don't have to!
Vote-by-mail ballots are thrown out if they arrive after Election Day.
County elections officials will process and count all valid vote-by-mail ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day and arrive no later than three days after the election. This means the ballots must be received by your local post office before it closes for the day.
Some counties are offering a new tool called “Where's MY Ballot?” that allows voters to track the status of their vote-by-mail ballots. To see if your county is participating, click here.
Or call 1-800-230-7526