On Tuesday, June 5, Californians will participate in a statewide primary election. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Californians will vote for their preference for a variety of federal, state, and local officials. In California, there is not a “Democratic” or “Republican” primary. Rather, all candidates for each office appear on the ballot. The two people who receive the most votes, regardless of party, move forward to the general election on November 6.
Every registered voter is eligible to vote. If you’re not sure if you’re registered to vote, you can check your registration status at this link for the California Secretary of State Office. (If you aren’t registered, read about conditional registration below.)
If you need to know where to vote, this tool from the California Secretary of State’s office will help you find your polling location. As a reminder, any voter who is in line to vote at 8:00 p.m. is allowed to vote.
In most cases, voters do not need to bring a photo ID to vote. However, if you registered online or by mail and you did not include your driver’s license, state ID, or social security number and it is your first time voting, you may be required to provide one of more than 30 acceptable types of identification.
Some Californians requested to vote by mail and have received ballots in the mail. While many have already mailed those ballots back, some have not. If you have not yet returned your vote by mail ballot, there are several options to ensure your vote is counted, including bringing the ballot to any polling place in your county on Election Day. Here are all the options:
- Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day.
- If you are not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, bring it to any polling place in your county between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered to a ballot drop-off location must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- Anyone may return your ballot for you, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.
The deadline to register to vote was May 21. However, California law allows for conditional registration. According to to the Secretary of State’s Office:
Eligible citizens who missed the May 21 deadline can go to their county elections office or a designated satellite location to register and vote conditionally. Their ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process. Voters can complete the conditional voter registration process from May 22 all the way through Election Day on June 5.
There is no option to vote online or vote over the phone. The only ways to vote are through a mail-in ballot or through voting in-person on Election Day at the correct polling location.
If there are issues, questions, or concerns about voting, voters can call the California Secretary of State hotline for voter assistance: (800) 345-VOTE (8683).