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Your vote matters.

You have the power to vote for candidates who will put your interests first, fight for reproductive freedom, and work to expand access to health care. Make it count.

Your vote matters—use it. 

Voting is fundamental to our democracy. The upcoming elections are too important to sit it out. If you don't vote, you give others the power to make the future work for the few, not all of us. It's on all of us to make our votes count.

Register to Vote

Every California resident age 18 or older can vote. Take a few minutes to register and learn more about registration requirements.

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. 

Voting Myths, Busted

My vote doesn't matter, politicians are all the same.


If your vote didn't change anything, there wouldn't have been hundreds of years of voter intimidation, poll taxes, literacy tests, and other forms of voter suppression by local and state governments across the country.

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 well-informed to vote, so I shouldn't vote.


Even the most politically informed individuals don't know everything about everything on the ballot! It's still important 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, the ballot won't be counted.


If a voter doesn’t make a choice for a particular race, no vote is recorded for that race only. The rest of the ballot still counts. You can vote for as many or as few races on your ballot as you choose. If there's a race or two where you are unsure or too conflicted on how 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.

Important Dates

November 5, 2024: General Election

The last day to register to vote for the November 5, 2024, General Election is October 21, 2024.

All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 5, 2024, General Election. Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by October 7, 2024.

Ballot drop-off locations open on October 8, 2024.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by November 12, 2024.


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