Who Can Vote


YOU MAY REGISTER AND VOTE IN CALIFORNIA IF YOU:


  • Are a citizen of United States – you do not have to be born in the united states to vote, naturalized citizen can vote in US elections);
  • Are at least 18 years of age by the next election – 17 year olds can register in advance to vote if he/she 18th birthday will be on or before the day of the election;
  • Are not in prison, 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 for a felony conviction. Ex-felons CAN vote in the state of California as long as they are not on parole. This includes post release, community supervision, or post sentencing probation for a felony. People who are on parole, but it is not a felony conviction can also register to vote.

YOU MAY REGISTER TO VOTE IN ELECTIONS IF YOU ARE AN INMATE:


  • Awaiting or on trial for a criminal offense;
  • Serving time for a traffic or misdemeanor offense;
  • Serving time in a local jail as a condition of probation;
  • People who are found mentally incompetent by a court cannot register to vote.