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Make a Quick Plan Today to Vote
Make sure you’re registered to vote
To be able to vote, you need to be registered. If you are a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, you can register to vote.
First, let’s double check our registration status. Even if you have voted in the past, it’s a good idea to verify:
Check your voter registration status
Now, if you have never registered to vote, or need to re-register (because you moved), it’s easy to register online*.
Register to Vote
*In most states
Decide how you are voting
In this year’s election, voters have more options in how and when they cast their ballots:
In most states, you either automatically receive a mail ballot, or you can request one easily. In others you may need an excuse, but in some states concerns over Coronavirus would count as a valid excuse this year. You can mail your ballot back, or return them in-person or at a secure drop-box. Learn more »
Vote Early (In-Person)
Many states have added, or expanded, early voting this year. You can vote in person days — or weeks — in advance of Election Day. Learn more »
Vote on Election Day
And, as always, you can vote on Election Day, November 3. Find your voting location »
You’re almost done!
Vote by Mail
Make sure to follow the instructions carefully. Put your ballot in the designated envelope and seal it. In most states, you need to sign and date on the envelope. Some states require a witness to sign as well. A few states have two envelopes for the a ballot. Following the instructions ensures your vote is processed and counted. After you’re done, you can either mail back your ballot or return it at a voting location or at an official drop-box. Find a voting location » | California vote centers and drop-boxes »
Vote in Person
If you have the option to vote early, it’s strongly recommended to vote as soon as you can. Some states require to have a form of ID to be able to vote in person. Find your voting location »
Track your ballot
Many states allow voters to track their ballots after they’re returned. California ballot tracking »
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2020 Elections: State by State
Voting in most states is easier than ever. Voters can choose how and when to cast their ballots by various means:
- Voters can vote from home
- You can mail back your ballot, or drop it off at secure locations, or vote in-person — early or on Election Day
- No need to wait until November 3. In fact, the earlier the better
For detailed info and dates, hover over any state on the map below (or tap if you’re on mobile).
Every active registered voter receives a vote-by-mail ballot
Every active registered voter receives an application to request vote-by-mail ballot
Any registered voter can request a vote-by-mail ballot
Voters would need an excuse to request a vote-by-mail ballot
Voting in California
Return your ballot in the designated envelope that came with your ballot.
On the envelope — not the ballot — sign your name (important: use the same signature that’s on your Driver’s License) and date. Carefully follow the instructions.
Postage is prepaid in California. And if you want your ballot to get there even faster, drop it off at a Ballot Drop Box.
For more information about voting in California, especially in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County, and to see a map of all Vote Centers and Ballot Drop Boxes in SoCal, visit our California page:
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