Monday is the last day to register to automatically get a mail ballot in California

Election guide

If you’re registered by Monday, Oct. 19, you’ll get a mail ballot automatically sent to you.

If you miss Monday’s deadline, you can still vote. California offers same-day registration at any vote center through Election Day, but you’ll have to cast a provisional ballot.

You can register several ways:

  • Fill out the form on registertovote.ca.gov
  • Fill out a paper voter registration application from a DMV field office, post office, public library or from your county elections office
  • Request a voter registration application be sent to you by mail by calling the state’s toll-free voter hotline at 800-345-8683

Applications must be filled out online or postmarked by Oct. 19. Those who register by the deadline will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot.

If you’re 16 or 17, you can register to vote to ensure you’ll get a ballot for elections once you turn 18 and are eligible to cast a ballot. Teens can pre-register to vote at covr.sos.ca.gov.

After the Oct. 19 deadline

If you miss the Oct. 19 deadline, fear not. You’ll still be able to vote if you’re eligible. Here’s how:

  • Go to your county elections office in person and register to vote there (check with your county to find out about coronavirus-related office closures)
  • Go to a vote center or polling place and register — and cast your ballot — there. This can be completed during early voting, or on Election Day
  • caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov will have a list of early voting locations where you can register and vote on Election Day

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