You can register to vote in CA by picking up a registration form in Copley Library or by visiting RegisterToVote.ca.gov/. You can also print an online voter registration form and mail it to state or county election officials. Visit sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/ for more information.
To register to vote, you will need:
- A Social Security Number and a Student ID
- A California Drivers License number OR your social security number
- If you vote in person on Election Day, you may be asked to show an ID
- Your student ID is acceptable identification in the state of California. You do not need to have a California Drivers’ License to vote as long as you have another acceptable form of ID.
You Can Register to Vote in California, if you are:
- A U.S. Citizen
- A California Resident
- At least 18 years of age on or before the next election
- Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
- Not declared mentally incompetent by court action
- If you are registered to vote with your campus address, you will vote at the Degheri Alumni Center, rm 112/113.
- If you do not live on campus, you cannot vote on campus. If you do not live on campus, you cannot vote on campus, although if you are registered elsewhere in San Diego County you can cast a provisional ballot or turn in your San Diego County absentee ballot in person here.
- If you live off-campus, find your polling location
- In previous elections, students have thought that they were registered, and on election day it turned out that their form had been lost in the mail or was otherwise not recorded. If your vote is important to you, check with your county elections officials a few weeks before the election to make sure you are registered!! In California, you can check at this website: sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/
- You can also choose to vote by mail. A mail ballot can be requested as early as 60 days prior to election day. Mail ballots will be mailed beginning 29 days before Election Day. Click here to learn more.
- One thing to consider is that on Election Day, you will vote for candidates for many offices, and perhaps on ballot initiatives as well. If you are new to San Diego, you may want to learn a little bit about the state and local offices and candidates that you will be voting for. There will be on-campus events and online links to help you educate yourself, and the ballot pamphlet you receive in the mail will present you with basic information about your choices.
- If you live off-campus and need to find your polling location, click here.
- Questions about voting should be directed to the Registrar of Voters at (858) 565-5800.
- If you are a registered California voter, and want to vote by mail and have your own county’s ballot mailed to you at your school address, you will need to fill out this form: sos.ca.gov/elections/vote-by-mail/pdf/fill-in-vote-by-mail-app-instruct.pdf
If you are studying abroad:
- If you are a California voter, you can request your ballot by mail: sos.ca.gov/elections/vote-by-mail/pdf/fill-in-vote-by-mail-app-instruct.pdf
- If you are not a California voter, you will need to contact election officials in your home county or town to get an absentee ballot.
- If you are voting absentee, votes must be received by, or on, Election Day. You must mail your ballot as soon as possible to make sure that it gets there on time.
- Every state has a different vote by mail process, including identification requirements (such as your birth certificate) that must be submitted in order to register to vote, deadlines for registering to vote, and forms that must be submitted in order to vote by mail. Because every state’s requirements are different, you will need to find out for yourself what the requirements are in your hometown.
- Rock the Vote has a section providing information about each state’s requirements, especially designed for students: rockthevote.com/election-center/voting-as-a-student/
- Rock the Vote also has an online voter registration tool that should help! rockthevote.com/rtv_voter_registration.html?source=rtv.com-homegraphic
- Remember that registering to vote and voting by mail are two separate tasks, often requiring that you fill out and send in two separate forms. Make sure that you do both!
- If you are voting absentee (by mail), you should know that not every state makes it easy to vote by mail. Find out the requirements as soon as possible to make sure that it will be feasible for you to vote in your hometown!
Where do you vote:
- The polling location for students/faculty/staff registered at 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110 will be Degheri Alumni Center 112/113.
- You can find your polling location by visiting: sdcounty.ca.gov/voters/Eng/Eindex.shtml
To Request a Mail Ballot:
- To request a mail ballot, click here: sdcounty.ca.gov/voters/Eng/Evbm.shtml
- California Voter Registration Deadline: October 15, 2014
- Other State Registration Deadlines: Various
- Must be received at least 30 days before election (October 4, 2014)
- Election Day: November 4, 2014
- Vote-by-mail Ballot Deadline: 7 days before election date, October 28, 2014
- Information about the California statewide ballot measures can be found at: sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htm
If you are interested in how much your vote (in California vs. another state) will count towards the presidential election outcome, check out countmore.org
If you want to help register others to vote:
- You must read and follow the guidelines in the Secretary of State’s voter registration guide. This information supercedes any that you may receive from a political party. This information can be found at: sos.ca.gov/elections/guides/guide-to-vr-drives.pdf