Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 20

ID Requirements for Voting: An ID is only required for first time voters.

Early Voting: Some counties offer early voting, contact your county elections office to find out if they offer it. You can look up your county elections office here.

Absentee Voting: Anyone can apply for a vote-by-mail ballot, no excuse is required. You can also apply to be a permanent vote-by-mail voter. The application can be downloaded online or obtained from your county elections office and must be submitted at least 7 days before the election. The ballot must be dropped off or postmarked by Election Day. Download the application here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

California is one of six states to be represented by two women in the Senate. California ranks 18th in the country for the representation of women in the State Legislature.

California Congressional Delegation

California State Legislature

Voter Turnout

California had lower turnout than the United States overall in the 2016 Presidential Elections for men and women.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size