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Here’s how to cast your ballot in the North State if you haven’t yet

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Angel Huracha
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NSPR
Election illustration graphic.

Where can I cast my ballot?

All active registered voters should have received a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 8, Election. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by November 8, 2022; ballots returned at a secure ballot drop box must be deposited by 8:00 p.m. on November 8, 2022.

Voting locations will offer same-day voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance. There are also drop-off locations across the North State. Find more information by clicking on your county below:

You also can find secure drop boxes near you by submitting your address at this website: https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/

What’s on my ballot and where can I find an election guide? 

NSPR partnered with Voter’s Edge to create a personalized ballot where you can learn more about the races and candidates in your area. To get your ballot, click here

How can I find out if I’m registered to vote and can I still vote if I’m not?

You can check out your voter registration status by going to the Secretary of State’s website. In California, there’s a safety net for voters who missed the deadline known as same-day voter registration. Eligible citizens who need to register or re-register to vote within 14 days of an election can complete this process to register and vote at their county elections office, polling place, or vote center. Those ballots will be processed and counted once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Visit caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov for a list of early voting locations where you can complete the Same Day Voter Registration Process.

What do I need to take with me to the polls?

Generally speaking, a California voter is not required to show identification to a polling place worker before casting a ballot.

However, if you are voting for the first time after registering to vote by mail and did not provide an official I.D., be sure to bring identification with you to your polling place or include a copy of it with your vote-by-mail ballot. A copy of a recent utility bill, the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office, or another document sent to you by a government agency are examples. You could also bring your passport, driver's license, official state identification card, or student identification card showing your name and photograph.

You can review the complete list of the acceptable forms of voter identification to use at a polling place when voting for the first time or call the Secretary of State's toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345- VOTE (8683) for more information.