|Who is eligible to vote?
You are eligible to vote in any election if on the day of election:
Where do you register?
you are at least 18 years of age.
you are a citizen of the United States.
you are not incarcerated or on parole for a
you are properly registered. You must be registered at least 15 days
before an election to vote in that election. To receive a sample ballot,
you must be registered 29 days before an election.
You can register at:
When must you re-register?
city government buildings, City Clerk's office, County Registrar of Voters
any fire station.
special registration booths set up by volunteers prior to elections.
your convenience, with "Register by Mail Postcards" available at such places
as post offices, city halls, community centers and libraries.
your computer, www.smart voter.org
California has permanent registration. Once you have registered,
you need to register again only if:
you have moved.*
you wish to change your party affiliation.
you have changed your name and wish to vote under your new name.
you fail to vote at a statewide General Election (held in November of even-numbered
years) and fail to return the postcard sent by the County Registrar of
Voters after the election.
Prior to statewide primary elections, re-registration for some (but
not all) voters moving within Alameda County is done for the voter by the
County Registrar, based on information supplied to them by the Post Office.
If, after you first register, you move within the county and if you receive
a notice from the Registrar of Voters stating that they have changed your
registration to your new address, you do not have to re-register. If in
doubt, call the Registrar's office at 272-6933.
|If you discover when you go to your polling
place on the day of the election that your registration has been cancelled
because of Post Office error, you may sign a "continuous residency oath,"
stating that you have not moved from the address at which you were last
registered, and be allowed to vote.
Where do you vote?
What will be on the ballot?
Before each election, registered voters will receive in the mail a
sample ballot, and absentee ballot application, a notice listing the precinct
number and address of their polling place, and information on the
issues to be voted on in the coming election. Some material is written
in Spanish, Chinese and English. Additional material is available in Spanish
How do you vote absentee?
Voting by absentee is an option for everyone. You don't need
to be out of town or handicapped. If you would like to vote by absentee
ballot, you should either write a letter requesting an absentee ballot
or return the absentee ballot application (received with your sample ballot
at least 7 days before election day) to:
Alameda County Registrar of Voters
1225 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94612
What do you do if you have just moved?
Registration closes 15 days before each election. If you have
moved anywhere within California within 29 days of any election and are
validly registered at your previous address, you may vote by returning
to your former precinct or by absentee ballot. If you become
a new citizen or new resident of California less than 29 days before
a General Election and wish to vote for President and Vice President of
the U.S., you may do so if you register in person at the Alameda County
Registrar of Voters' office, 1225 Fallon St., Oakland. This must be done
at least 7 days prior to the election.