Eligibility

You are eligible to register to vote if you are:

  • A United States citizen,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not in prison, on parole, serving state prison sentence in a county jail, or serving sentence for a felony, and
  • Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

Register to vote online or update your current registration. You need to update your registration if you:

  • Move to a new residence,
  • Change your name, or
  • Want to change your political party affiliation.

Other Ways to Register

If you cannot register online you can print a copy of the National Mail Voter Registration Form, or obtain a registration form at the following locations:

  • County Elections Office,
  • public libraries,
  • post offices, or
  • the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Military and Overseas Voters

If you are a member of the military or a US citizen living outside the United States and meet all the voter eligibility requirements above you can register to vote. This includes if you are a US citizen born abroad who is eligible to vote and has not registered to vote in any other state.

The fastest and simplest way to register is through the Online Registration Form.

You can also visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website to complete the FVAP assistance form. The signed form may be:

The forms to register and vote by mail are also available through the military installation’s Voting Assistance Officer or any US Embassy or Consulate.

New Citizens

If you became a US citizen between the last day to register to vote (15 days before the election) and Election Day you can vote at the Elections Office at 555 Escobar St. Martinez, CA 94553.

You must present your Certificate of Naturalization, complete a voter registration form, and be prepared to vote at our office at that time. Call us at (925) 335-7800 for more information.

Safe at Home

If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, you may be able to complete a confidential voter registration card and become a confidential voter. As a confidential voter, you can vote by mail and protect your voter registration information from campaigns, the media, and the general public.

To apply for the Safe at Home program, please contact the Secretary of State office at (877) 322-5227 to enroll. Visit their website for further information.

Pre-Registration for 16 and 17 Year Olds

If you are 16 or 17 years old and meet the eligibility requirements above you can pre-register to vote. Your registration will become active once you turn 18 years old.

Ex-offender Registration

A felony conviction does not permanently bar you from voting. You are eligible to register and vote if you are not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in a county jail, or serving a sentence for a felony. For more information visit the Secretary of State website.