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Elections 2020: Registering to Vote & Voting Info

Information regarding the November 3, 2020 elections in the United States.

Voting in Person

California Secretary of State: Find Early Voting Sites

You can vote early in person in California. Find locations to vote early and also find ballot drop off locations.

LA County Registrar: Voting in Person and Early Voting

Los Angeles County Registrar has information about safely voting in person whether voting early or on election day.

California Secretary of State: Same Day Voter Registration

Even if you are not registered, eligible voters can still vote in person using conditional voter registration.

Register to Vote: General Election on November 3, 2020

Important deadlines for voting in California:

October 19, 2020 Last day to register online or by mail. Your registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically by this date. 

October 27, 2020 Last Day to Request Vote-By-Mail Ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Note: every registered voter in California should be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot automatically. You can choose to mail your ballot in, use a ballot drop box (find locations in Ballot Drop Box to the right), or vote in person on Election Day.

November 3, 2020 is Election Day. Polls are open 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. You can also register on Election Day to vote in person. If you are in line, stay in line.

How to Vote in California

More information on how to vote in California


Register to vote:

Action for Better Citizens student voter registration program.
Letter to Educators: Encouraging students to register to vote (PDF)

California Secretary of State: Online Voter Registration Form

You can register online to vote in California. You will need your driver's license number and social security number.

California Secretary of State: Same Day Registration

You can register to vote on Election Day in California at your county elections office, polling place, or vote center.

California Secretary of State: Vote by Mail/Absentee Voting

Learn more about vote-by-mail (absentee voting) in California.


Get help registering to vote, voting by mail, and election reminders.

Get help registering to vote, voting by mail, and election reminders. California

From the League of Women Voters. Find out about voting in California, register to vote, locate your polling place, view a voter guide for your district.


Check your registration status:

Online California Voter Status Check

Check the status of your voter registration in California. You can also request voting materials in a language other than English.

California Voter Registration Status Check by County

Check the status of your voter registration by county in California.


Need help with ID?

Vote Riders: California

Information about ID requirements for voting in California

Housing issues? You can still vote:

National Coalition for the Homeless

Information about voting while experiencing homelessness or alternative living accommodations.

Ballot Drop Boxes

Los Angeles County

Full list of Mail Drop Boxes to return your mail-in ballot in Los Angeles County. There's even a map of mail drop boxes.

San Bernardino County

Full list of Mail Ballot drop of locations to return your mail-in ballot in San Bernardino County. There's even a map of mail drop boxes.

Find Your Election Info

Voter’s Edge California: Smart Voter

Your one-stop guide to local voting resources including ballots and polling places.

Use the search box to enter your zip code and find the candidates on your ballot for the upcoming election. Learn more about candidates' voting records and their stance on major issues. Covers officials from the local level to the executive branch.

Rock the Vote

Register to Vote, Find Election Info, and more

The Election Process

The Electoral College

From the Office of the Federal Register, FAQs about the U.S. Electoral College.


This guide is based on the Foothill College's Herbert H. Semans Library Election 2020 Reference Guide.