About Voter Registration
About Vote By Mail Ballots
About Citizens Residing Outside the United States
About Multilingual Services
About Voters With Disabilities
About Running For Office
About Voter Registration ...top
can register to vote? ...top
may register to vote if you meet ALL of the following
citizen of the United States
resident of California
least 18 years of age as of the day of the next election
in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
declared to be mentally incompetent by a court.
can I register to vote? ...top
is no waiting period. You may register or re-register to
vote at anytime. To be eligible to vote in an election, you
must have registered 15 days prior to the
can I get a form to register to vote? ...top
may register to vote:
mail: Mail-in registration forms are
widely available at most County buildings, post offices,
libraries, city halls, fire stations, Department of Motor
Vehicle (DMV) offices and public assistance offices (DPSS,
phone: call the Registrar-Recorder/County
Clerk’s Norwalk office at (562) 466-1310; (800)
481-VOTE; (562) 462-2259 (Telecommunications Device for
the Deaf, TDD) or one of the following branch offices:
Hills (310) 288-1261
East Los Angeles (323) 260-2991
Florence/Firestone (323) 586-6192
Lancaster (661) 945-6446
LAX Airport (310) 727-6142
Van Nuys (818) 376-3777
are also available by calling the Secretary of State’s
office at 1-800-345-VOTE.
person: At the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County
Clerk’s Norwalk office or any of the above Registrar-Recorder/
County Clerk Branch Offices.
any City Clerk's office in the state or voter
registration event anywhere in California
the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): Fill
out a voter registration form when applying for or
renewing your driver's license or California State
Internet: Complete the on-line California
Voter Registration Form on our website (www.lavote.net).
You may also download the Federal Voter Registration
Form from the Secretary of State’s website (www.sos.ca.gov).
This is a PDF download and must be read with Adobe
identification required to register? ...top
Help America Vote Act (HAVA), enacted by Congress in October
of 2002, states that individuals registering to vote for
the first time in the state/jurisdiction, must provide either
a valid California driver's license or state ID card number.
Applicants who do not have either can provide the last four
digits of their Social Security number. If the voter provides
a driver’s license or state ID number when he/she registers
to vote, and the number can be matched to a state record,
then the voter will not be required to show ID when he/she
an individual registers by mail, has not previously voted
in an election for federal office, and votes
in person, the voter must show photo
ID or a document that indicates both the voter's
name and residence address.
an individual registers by mail, has not previously voted
in an election for federal office, and votes
by mail, the voter must submit a copy
of a photo ID or a document with both the voter's
name and residence address.
I register to vote at my business address or may
I use my P.O. Box number? ...top
A person may only register to vote at his or her
place of residence. A business address or a P.O.
Box number may only be used as a mailing address.
if my name, address, or political party affiliation changes? ...top
out and submit a new voter registration form with your new
information. Your voter registration should always reflect
your current residence address to ensure that you receive
the correct ballot material regarding candidates and measures
on which you can vote.
if I just moved and did not re-register? Will I be eligible to
you were previously registered in Los Angeles County and
have not re-registered since you moved within the County's
borders, you can vote at the polling place for your new address.
You will be asked to vote a provisional ballot and provide
your new address and your previous address on the provisional
am a college student living on or around campus, away from
home. Can I register with my college residence address? ...top
all eligible citizens, any college student may register to
vote using his/her college residence address or may choose
to use his/her family residence. California law (Elections
Code Section 2025) allows college students to establish domicile
or legal residence where they attend school if they so desire.
did not vote in the last election. Do I need to re-register? ...top
You are registered to vote as long as you remain at the same
address, and you should continue to receive election materials
in the mail. However, if you move to a different address
or have not voted in the last several elections, you may
be sent a notice requesting that you either confirm that
you have not moved or provide current residence address information.
Your registration may be cancelled for failure to respond
to an address confirmation mailing or if you have not voted
in any elections occurring between the date of the mailing
and two consecutive federal general elections.
would like to register and vote, but I am a public figure.
Will my address be made public? ...top
current state law, voter registration information is
a matter of public record. Public access to specific
voter information, including home address and telephone
number, however, is restricted. Any person may have
his/her residence address, telephone number and email
address declared confidential upon order of the Superior
Court, or upon presentation of certification that the
person is a participant in the Secretary of State’s
Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence
and Stalking Program.
information is available to:
became a "new citizen" after the registration
deadline. Can I still register and vote? ...top
persons using this information for election, scholarly,
journalistic, political or governmental purposes.
who become citizens after the close of registration
may only vote at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s
office between the 15th day and the 7th day before
an election. New citizens must present a Certificate
of Naturalization and declare that they have established
residence in Los Angeles County.
an ex-felon register to vote and be eligible to vote? ...top
ex-felon may register to vote and is eligible to vote in
elections if he/she is not currently in prison or on parole
for a felony conviction.
registered at a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office.
Why does the County say I'm not registered? ...top
number of citizens who thought they had registered at DMV
offices are not actually registered. Although they checked
the box on the DMV form indicating they wanted to register
to vote, many forgot to complete the attached voter registration
form. A voter registration form must be completed and signed
in order to become a registered voter.
is the DMV involved in voter registration? ...top
National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (also known
as Motor Voter) permits persons conducting business
at a DMV office to register to vote or update voter
I sign a petition if I am not registered to vote? ...top
You must be a registered voter for your signature to be valid
on a petition. If you complete and sign a voter registration
form on the same date or a date prior to signing the petition,
your signature will be valid. The elections official must
receive the completed, signed voter registration form on
or before the date the petition is filed with the elections
it true that voter registration lists are used to select
citizens for jury duty? ...top
State Statutes require that lists of registered voters
be provided to the Jury Commissioner to be used for jury
I cancel my voter registration, can I be certain that I
will not get a summons for jury duty? ...top
Jury Services Division requests a list of active
and cancelled voter files. Additionally, California
State Statute requires that lists of licensed drivers,
obtained from Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV),
also be made available to the Jury Commissioner.
For additional information regarding Jury Summons
call (213) 974-5332 or 5333,
or visit the Los Angeles County Jury Services website
additional information regarding voter registration, see ‘Voter
Registration’ on the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
About Absentee Ballots ...top
can I vote an absentee ballot?...top
than going to the polling place to cast a ballot on Election
Day, you may request an absentee ballot. Any registered
voter may apply for an absentee ballot. Applying is easy.
Simply select one of the following options:
Mail (1): Complete the absentee ballot
application that is on the back cover of the sample
ballot (sent to you prior to each election) and
mail to County Elections Office.
Mail (2): Send a signed letter requesting absent
voter status to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County
Clerk Document Receipt Section at P.O. Box 30450,
Los Angeles, Ca. 90030-0450.
Fax: The fax numbers for the Los Angeles County
Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Document Receipt
Section are (562) 462-2354 or (562)
Internet: Download and complete an absentee
ballot application from our website main page (www.lavote.net),
under the ‘Absentee Voting’ section.
Further information can be obtained by calling
the Absent Voter Section at (562) 466-1323.
you apply in writing or by fax, your request must include
your name, your residence/home address, the mailing address
where you want your absentee ballot to be sent and the name
and the date of the election for which you are applying.
Remember to sign and date your request!
can I apply for an absentee ballot? ...top
request an absentee ballot:
early as 60 days prior to an election. Except for
overseas ballots, absentee ballots are mailed to applicants
beginning on the first legal day to mail, which is
29 days prior to an election. The elections official
cannot accept any mail applications less than 7 days
(6 or less days) prior to an election.
the final 6 days prior to an election. If you become
ill, disabled or find that you will be away from your
polling place on Election Day, you may vote an emergency
absentee ballot. You can vote in person at the Registrar-Recorder/County
Clerk’s office or send in a written/signed request
for an absentee ballot authorizing another person to
bring you the ballot and return it to the elections
office or any polling place after you have voted.
is the first day to apply for an absentee ballot? ...top
(60) days prior to an election is the first day
to submit an application. Mailing absentee ballots begins
29 days prior to the election.
is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot application? ...top
(7) days prior to the election is the last day
to apply for an absentee ballot application. However, if
you become ill, disabled or find that you will be away
from your polling place on Election Day, 6 days prior to
an election, you may vote an emergency absentee ballot.
You can vote in person at the Registrar-Recorder/County
Clerk’s office or send in a written and signed request
authorizing another person to bring you the ballot and
return it to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s
office or your polling place after you have voted.
is the last day to return my voted absentee ballot? ...top
ballots must be received by elections officials no
later than the close of polls (8 p.m.) on Election
Day. Postmarks are not acceptable in California.
do I turn in my absentee ballot on Election Day? ...top
may return it in person to any precinct polling place in
Los Angeles County or to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s
office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. If, because of illness
or physical disability, you are unable to return the ballot
yourself, you may authorize, in writing, a spouse, child,
parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister or person
residing in your household to return the ballot to the Registrar-Recorder/County
Clerk’s office or to any polling place within Los Angeles
County by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
there circumstances under which a voter can be required
to vote an absentee ballot? ...top
an election precinct has 250 or less registered voters on
the 88th day prior to an election, that precinct may be declared
a “vote by mail ballot” precinct by the elections
official due to the unavailability of voting locations and
pollworkers in small precincts. All voters in such designated
precincts will automatically be sent absentee ballots for
am physically challenged/disabled and I must vote by mail.
Do I have to apply for an absentee ballot for each election? ...top
You can apply for “Permanent Absent Voter” status.
Once on file as a permanent absent voter, you will
no longer have to apply for future elections. A ballot
will automatically be mailed to you for each election.
A spouse or other person who resides with you may also
want to apply for permanent absent voter status. Once
a voter receives permanent absent voter status, he/she
will retain this status as long as he/she casts a ballot
in all statewide elections.
additional information on becoming a permanent absent
voter, please refer to your sample ballot booklet
or call the Absent Voting Section at (562) 466-1323.
I request an absentee ballot, can I change my mind and
still vote at my polling place? ...top
but please take your absentee ballot to the polling place
and surrender it to the pollworkers before voting a regular
precinct ballot. If you do not have your absentee ballot
to surrender, you will be allowed to cast a “provisional” ballot
at the polling place. Your provisional ballot will be counted
after the elections official confirms that you did not previously
vote using an absentee ballot for that election.
received an absentee ballot application from a political
campaign. Is it legal to use? ...top
organizations and groups may distribute absentee ballot applications.
However, they must use the standard format as specified in
the California Elections Code. Election officials are not
responsible for absentee ballot applications mailed to these
individuals or groups. To ensure your ballot is mailed to
you in a timely manner, it is recommended that you fax, mail
or bring your application directly to the Registrar-Recorder/County
About Citizens Residing Outside the United States ...top
am a U.S. citizen living temporarily (military service, employment,
study program) outside the United States. Am I eligible to
To register and request an absentee ballot, complete
a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). FPCA forms
are available at any Registrar of Voters office, Voting
Assistance Office of any military base or any American
form must be received by the Registrar-Recorder/County
Clerk’s office on or before the deadline, 7
days prior to an election. However, if you are a
registered voter, you have two request options:
a letter or note stating you are a United States citizen
temporarily residing out of the country and wish to
vote an absentee ballot. The letter/note should be
addressed to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Absent
Voting Section, P. O. Box 30450, Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450,
and should include your name, signature, Los Angeles
County residence address, the address where the absentee
ballot is to be sent, and the election for which the
ballot is being requested.
the overseas voters link on the Department’s website
to print, vote and mail a sample ballot. Department
staff will duplicate your ballot choices on an actual
early can I apply for an absentee ballot? ...top
(90) days prior to an election. If you are in
a remote area or experience delays in the mail or if you
would like to receive your ballot earlier, the law allows
this office to send you a special absentee ballot (multi-page
paper ballot facsimile).
letter addressed to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk,
Absent Voting Section, P. O. Box 30450, Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450,
including your name, signature, residence address, the address
where the absentee ballot is to be sent, the election for
which the ballot is being requested, the reason for the request
(e.g., untimely delivery of mail), stating that you want
a special absentee ballot. A Federal Postcard Application
(FPCA) may also be used for this purpose.
am a United States citizen living permanently outside the
United States. Am I eligible to vote? ...top
for federal elections only (President, Vice-President,
United States Senator or Representative in Congress).
Your application will be valid through the next two
regularly scheduled general elections. To register
and request an absentee ballot, complete a Federal
Post Card Application (FPCA). FPCA forms are available
at any Registrar of Voters office, Voting Assistance
Office or any military base or any American Embassy/Consulate
form must be received by the Registrar of Voters office on
or before the deadline, 7 days prior to an election. It is
recommended that voters outside the United States apply as
early as possible to ensure timely delivery and return of
their ballot (must be received by 8:00 p.m. Election Day).
do I go to vote/where is my polling place? ...top
polling place location is printed on the back cover of your
sample ballot booklet. Please check the polling place address
for each election because locations often change. Also, poll
locations are available on our website (www.lavote.net)
or by calling (800) 815-2666. You may also
consider asking a neighbor since it is likely they are assigned
to the same polling place.
are the poll hours of operation? ...top
election polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to
8:00 p.m. However, some local cities conducting
separate municipal elections may close polls at 7:00 p.m.
Voters should refer to their sample ballot booklet to verify
the correct election poll hours.
has my polling place changed? ...top
California, there are no permanent poll sites. Locations
may change from election to election if a facility previously
used is not available for a particular election. Changes
to precinct boundaries may sometimes occur when precincts
are consolidated or realigned, especially for local elections
that are not statewide. Voters should refer to their sample
ballot booklet to make sure they go to the correct polling
if my polling place is not open when I arrive election
the address on the back cover of your sample ballot
booklet to make sure you have gone to the right location.
Polling places often change between elections. If
you are at the correct location, call the Registrar-Recorder/County
Clerk’s office at (562) 466-1373 to
report that the polling place is not open.
I take my sample ballot booklet or my own written
voting choices into the voting booth? ...top
is recommended that you mark your voting choices in your
sample ballot and take it to your poll location on Election
Day to use as a reference. This will allow you to vote your
ballot quickly. Remember to take your sample ballot out of
the booth after you have completed voting.
I do not know what to do when I get to the polling place,
will someone help me? ...top
the election pollworkers to help you with the voting process.
Pollworkers cannot, however, help you in making decisions
on your voting choices.
form of identification is acceptable at the polls for voters
whose status is new? ...top
FOR PROOF OF RESIDENCY WHEN PROOF IS REQUIRED BY HAVA
indicated in FAQ #2, HAVA requires that certain voters are
required to show proof of identity in order to vote.
Secretary of State has adopted regulations, pursuant to Elections
Code section 14310 (e), that specify what documents may be
used to prove a voter’s ID. The Office of Administrative
Law approved these emergency regulations on January 28, 2004.
here for a link to Section 20107 of Article 7 of Chapter 1
of Division 7 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations.)
points to note include:
The regulations are required to be “liberally construed
to permit voters and registrants to cast a regular ballot.
Any doubt as to the sufficiency of proof or a document presented
shall be resolved in favor of permitting the voter or new registrant
to cast a regular ballot.”
Any voter who is required to provide ID but is either unable
or unwilling to do so must be advised that he or she may vote
a provisional ballot.
A voter can prove his or her identity with an original (or
current and valid photo identification” --- This means “a
document prepared by a third party in the ordinary course
of business that includes the photograph and name” of
the voter. These documents can include a:
license or ID card of any state
card provided by a business
or debit card
club ID card
plan ID card
A voter can also provide proof of ID with the following documents
that do not include a photo of the voter, if that document
includes both the name and residence address of the voter.
The document must be dated subsequent to the date of the
last general election, unless the nature of the document
issued by a government agency
ballot issued by a government agency
notification card issued by a government agency
housing ID card issued by a public agency
statement or agreement issued by a government agency
ID card issued by a government agency
statement or bill issued by a government agency
plan card issued by a government agency
certificates, pardons, or other official documents issued
to a voter by a governmental agency in connection with
resolution of a criminal case, indictment, sentence, or
transportation senior discount cards issued by a governmental
documents issued by government homeless shelters and other
government temporary or transitional facilities
prescription issued by a government doctor or other governmental
health care provider
tax statement issued by a government agency
registration or certificate of ownership issued by a government
I vote for someone whose name is not listed on the ballot? ...top
the person is a qualified write-in candidate. Only votes
for qualified write-in candidates will be counted. Ask election
pollworkers or call the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for
a list of those candidates. They can also assist you with
write-in voting procedures.
are the qualified political parties? ...top
Independent Party, Democratic Party, Green Party, Libertarian
Party, Natural Law Party, Peace and Freedom Party and Republican
Party. California law also permits you to register
as a non-partisan voter (meaning that you are not affiliated
with any of these parties). Pursuant to new law, non-partisan
voters may or may not be allowed to vote for partisan candidates
in Primary Elections depending on party-adopted rules.
For additional information, see ‘Political Parties’ on
our website at www.lavote.net.
About Multilingual Services ...top
there oral assistance or written voting material available
in languages other than English? ...top
accordance with federal law and local ordinance, Los
Angeles County provides voter registration information,
election materials and oral assistance in six languages
other than English (Chinese, Japanese,
Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese). Voters
who request election materials in one of these languages
will be mailed a translated sample ballot for all
Los Angeles County conducted elections.
poll locations that have been identified as requiring
oral language assistance are supplied with translated
voting materials and staffed with bilingual speaking
pollworkers whenever possible. Signs are posted in
those poll locations identifying the minority language(s)
For additional information on multilingual services, to request an interpreter
OR to request multilingual materials prior to an election call
our Multilingual Assistance Hotline at (800) 481-8683 OR visit
our website at www.lavote.net.
About Voters With Disabilities ...top
am disabled/physically challenged. What voting choices
are available to me? ...top
our goal to have 100% polling place accessibility for all
voters who seek independent voting options. In compliance
with federal and state law, we provide the following services
to voters with disabilities:
polling places. The
international symbol of access is used on the sample
ballot booklet to identify accessible polling places.
accessible voting booths at all Los Angeles County polling
type voting instructions and magnifying devices at polling
ball voting stylus for voters with grasping difficulties.
voting. Voters who cannot get inside the polling place
because of architectural barriers or other limitations
may request to vote “curbside” (outside of
the poll location). A pollworker will bring a ballot
and punching device outside and assist the voters in
casting a ballot.
Device for the Deaf (TDD) for the hearing impaired. The
TDD assistance number is (562) 462-2259.
cassette tapes with state and county ballot measures
at city and county libraries, the Braille Institute and
the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office in
and permanent absentee voting options.
assistance at precinct polling places.
and visually impaired voters were able to vote privately
during the 3 weeks leading up to the November 7, 2000
Election using a Touchscreen Voting System with headset
voice prompter devices! This program was expanded for
the November 5, 2002 Election and will be continued for
select future elections.
additional information see ‘Services for Voters with
Disabilities’ on the Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk
About Running For Office ...top
would like to run for office. What are the qualifications
and requirements? ...top
qualifications and filing requirements are specific for different
elective offices. For general information regarding candidate
qualifications, filing requirements, filing periods or campaign
statement/financial disclosure reporting, call the Election
Information Section at (562) 466-1310 or
see ‘Candidate Registration & Qualification’ on
can I find out my districts (congressional, legislative,
supervisorial, etc.)? ...top
the Election Information Section at (562) 466-1310 or click
on ‘What Are My Districts?’ on our website homepage
do I get election results? ...top
the Election Information Section at (562) 466-1310 or click
on Election Results on our website homepage at www.lavote.net.
Contact Numbers ...top
Registration/Sample Ballot Inquiries
by Mail Inquiries:
(800) 481-VOTE (8683)
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, Ca 90650