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Frequently Asked Questions 

Who is eligible to vote in California?

US Citizens 18+ years old on election day who are not imprisoned, on parole, or found mentally incompetent to vote by the court system may vote. 16-18 year old citizens may pre-register to vote. Find more information at the California Secretary of State website here.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

Monday, October 19, 2020.

When is election day?

 Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Polls are open 7am to 8pm. 

How can someone vote-by-mail in California?

For the November 3rd, 2020 election, ALL registered voters in California will receive a mail-in ballot at their mailing address. To deliver the ballot, voters can:  

1) Mail the ballot to your county elections official, postmarked on or before election day; 

2) Return it in person to a polling place by 8 pm on Election Day; 

3) Drop into a county ballot drop box by 8pm on election day

4) Authorize someone to return the ballot on your behalf.

I am homeless. How do I register to vote?

A residence address is required to determine your voting districts, but here are some tips to navigate this requirement in California even if you do not have a stable address.

  • If you do not have an address that includes a house number and street name, you must still provide a description of the location you consider your home or domicile (such as cross streets or landmarks) so the elections department can establish your precinct . 
  • If you do provide cross streets or landmarks, you must also provide a mailing address, such as: a P.O. Box, business, or mail drop address, for the Elections Office to mail your election materials. 

Here is a helpful news article from ABC10 with further tips and hurdles to consider if you are unhoused. 

Why does the youth vote matter?

The youth of this country are an essential community who deserve to have their political voices heard and represented by their local, state, and national representatives. 

Youth hold unique experiences and perspectives which deserve to be heard and seen in policies. Young people of this country are diverse and passionate. Our country's youth are on the frontlines of protests, fighting for change. Young people are ready to create change in this country, and one way to create change is through voting! Every single vote counts. 

What are some common mistakes young and older voters make when submitting mail-in ballots?

1. Lateness

2. Mismatched signatures

How do I avoid mistakes and ensure my vote is counted?

1.  Read all the directions on your ballot.

2. Sign your ballot in black or blue ink with your true signature. 

3. Remind yourself of the due date for the ballot: November 3rd, 2020 at 8 pm. 

4. Postmark and send your ballot on the day of the election or before. 

5. Submit your ballot into a drop box by 8pm of the election day. 

I'm not 18 yet! How can I make my voice heard? 

Support your friends’ and families’ participation, uplift stories and issues you care about, support a candidate’s campaign, be part of the election process by working as a poll worker, register others to vote, and more!

 

The VOICE Project team is actively working on this FAQ page! Have a question you don't see answered? Feel free to contact us at [email protected] We would love to hear from you!