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Key Dates and Deadlines

Mon, Oct. 5: Early voting begins at Registrar's Office, M-F, 8AM - 5PM
Mon, Oct. 5: Ballots mailed to registered voters
Mon, Oct. 19: Last day to register to vote
Sat, Oct. 31: 235 Super Polls open Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 2, from 7AM - 8 PM
Tues, Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date
Tues, Nov. 3: In-Person Voting

Register to Vote

Registration deadlines
Online: Oct. 19
By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 19
In person: Nov. 3

Tracking your vote-by-mail ballot—when it is mailed, received, and counted—has never been easier. The California Secretary of State is now offering Where’s My Ballot?—a new way for voters to track and receive notifications on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot. Powered by BallotTrax, Where’s My Ballot? lets voters know where their ballot is, and its status, every step of the way.


What I Need To Know
Registered voters in San Diego can now, on one page, find their districts, check the status of their registration and mail ballot, view a copy of their official ballot voter information pamphlet and polling location.


Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Sat, Oct. 31: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline

Mon, Nov. 2: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date

Fri, Nov. 13: Absentee/Mail-In Delivered By Date

1. Request an absentee ballot. Print it out, sign it and mail the request form back to your county board of elections.

2. Receive your ballot in the mail.

3. Fill your ballot out. You can mail it back or deliver it in person to your local county elections board.

In-person Voting

Polls are open from 7AM - 8PM on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

What to bring

· If you've voted in California before, you don't need to show ID.

· If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't include your driver's license number, California ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you may be asked to provide ID when you vote. Acceptable forms include: copy of a recent utility bill, the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency, a US passport, driver license, official state identification card, or student identification card showing your name and photograph.

· Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

Early In-Person Voting

Mon., Oct. 5: Early Voting Begins

Any eligible voter can also vote early in-person at your county board of elections.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I do not have a valid ID?
If you do not have a valid ID, you can cast a provisional ballot by providing your California driver's license, state identification number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.

You may need to cast a provisional ballot if your voter status is in flux. This could be because you recently moved and have not updated your voter information by the Oct. 5 deadline. For more information and scenarios which may require you to cast a provisional ballot, click here.

What are my voting options if I'm a member of the armed forces or overseas?
Click here to learn how to vote if you are a member of the armed forces or are otherwise overseas.