Where to Register to Vote
- You can apply to register to vote
- You can pick up a paper voter registration application at the
Elections Office, the Yuba County Library, Department of Motor
Vehicles or a US Post Office.
Qualifications to Register to Vote
To register to vote in California, you must be:
- A United States citizen,
- A resident of California,
- 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
- Not in prison or in county jail (serving a state prison
sentence or serving a term of more than one year in jail for a
defined "low level" felony), or on parole, post release
community supervision, or mandatory supervision, and
- Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent.
Military and Overseas Voters
Military and overseas voters are United States citizens who are members
of the Uniformed Services (on active duty) and their eligible
dependents, members of the Merchant Marine and their eligible
dependents, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service,
commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, or United States citizens residing outside the United
States. To apply to register to vote, receive your elections
materials, and vote, you must apply for a special absentee ballot by
filling out a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).
Voter Registration Deadlines
The deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before
When to Re-Register to Vote
You need to re-register to vote when:
- You move to a new permanent residence,
- You change your name or
- You change your political party choice
California Elections Code requires the Registrar of Voters (ROV) to
perform a post-election canvass before certifying the final results. The
canvass period can last for 28 days after a major election. During this
time, the ROV counts all remaining valid ballots and performs a series
of mandated audits to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the election.
The vote tallying process actually begins before election night, with
the vote by mail ballots. Any county that counts its ballots by computer
may begin processing vote by mail seven days before the election. This
includes signature verification against the voter’s registration card,
removing and inspecting the voted ballots for damage. Under no
circumstances may totals be accessed until after the polls close on
election night. Vote totals released on election night are considered
“unofficial results.” Vote by mail ballots not counted by election
night, which includes all those received on election day, either through
the mail or dropped off at the precincts, are tabulated during the 28
day official canvass period.
The California Elections Code requires the official canvass to begin no
later than the Thursday following the election, that it be open to the
public, and that it continue daily (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
excepted) for not less than six hours each day until completed. The
county election official must complete the official canvass no later
than the 29th day after the election and submit a certified statement of
the results of the election to the Secretary of State.
By law, the activities undertaken during the official canvass include:
- Processing and counting any valid vote-by-mail and provisional
ballots not included in the semifinal official canvass. Provisional
ballots are cast by voters whose names do not appear on the precinct
roster or those voters that are registered as a vote by mail voter
and wish to vote at the polls but are unable to surrender their
unvoted mail ballot. The voter uses a regular precinct ballot which
is then placed in a special envelope that the voter must sign, much
like a vote-by-mail envelope. During the official canvass, the
elections official checks the voter registration file to verify the
voter's eligibility to cast the ballot. Once verified, the ballot is
added to the official count. These ballots added to the vote-by-mail
ballots not processed on election night can number 300,000 to
800,000 or more statewide.
- An inspection of all materials and supplies returned by poll
- A reconciliation of the number of signatures on the roster with
the number of ballots recorded on the ballot statement.
- A reconciliation of the number of ballots counted, spoiled,
canceled, or invalidated due to identifying marks or overvotes with
the number of votes counted, including vote by mail and provisional
- Reproducing any damaged ballots.
- Conducting a hand count of the ballots cast in one (1) percent
of the precincts chosen at random by the elections official. All
races and contests must be included in the hand count.
- Hand count all votes cast on the direct recording electronic
equipment (touchscreen units) and verified on the verified printer
audit trail attached to each unit.
- Report final results to the Secretary of State, as required.
HOW TO MARK YOUR PAPER BALLOT
STEP 1: Mark your ballot using a dark ball point pen. Draw a solid line to
connect the head and tail of the arrow that points to your choice.
- DO NOT use a pencil, felt tip pen or gel pen.
- DO NOT make stray marks on your ballot.
- DO NOT circle the tip of the arrow or the end of the arrow.
- DO NOT circle the candidates name.
STEP 2: Review your ballot.
- If you vote for more candidates than allowed, or if you vote
both Yes and No on a measure, your vote will not count for that
candidate or measure.
- You do not have to vote on all contests.
- If you make a mistake at the polling site return to the poll
worker who issued you the ballot and request a replacement.
- If you make a mistake on your Vote by Mail ballot contact the
Elections Office at (530) 749-7855 for more information about
obtaining a replacement ballot.
STEP 3: To vote for a qualified write-in candidate, write the
person's name in the blank space directly below the names of the other
candidates for the office. Use a dark ballpoint pen. Draw a
solid line to connect the head and tail of the arrow that points to your
write-in choice. Do not write in a candidate already on the
ballot. Under some circumstances write-ins are not permitted.
In the event write-ins are not permitted no write-in space will appear
on the ballot for that contest.