On Constitution Day 2020, we were reminded of all the rights we have as United States citizens, one of those rights is the right to vote! It’s important to utilize this right to make sure your voice is heard. The people and propositions on your ballots can impact your community, so it’s important to make sure you and your opinions are represented. Hit that unmute button, make sure you’re registered to vote, and show up on election day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020! Go to https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/register-to-vote/ to get registered today! Or use the resources below to find more information for your state.
How to Register to Vote in California
California residents are able to register to vote online, via mail, or in person!
Voter registration deadlines in California:
- Online registration deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020
- Mail-in registration deadline: Must be postmarked by Monday, October 19, 2020
- In-person registration deadline: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
If you plan to register to vote online, you will need:
- Your California driver license or California identification card number,
- The last four digits of your social security number and
- Your date of birth.
Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.
If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote. However, you will need to take additional steps to complete your voter registration.
Not sure if you’re registered to vote?
Use the California Secretary of State website to see if you’re registered to vote and where you’re registered to vote: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/
You can also use the above link to find your polling place, find information for upcoming local and state elections, and find contact information for your county elections office.
Executive Order by Governor Newsom:
All voters who register in California by October 19, 2020 will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for the November Election by Executive Order:
“Recognizing the threat COVID-19 continues to pose to public health, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order to ensure that Californians can exercise their right to vote in a safe and accessible manner during the General Election this November. The order requires that each county’s elections officials send vote-by-mail ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election to all registered voters. Californians who may need access to in-person voting opportunities – including individuals with disabilities, individuals who speak languages other than English, individuals experiencing homelessness, and others – will still be able to access in-person voting opportunities”
Due to the executive order, registered California voters do not have to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for this election.
How to vote by mail:
- Fill out your ballot
- After you have voted, insert your ballot in the envelope provided, making sure you complete all required information on the envelope.
- You may return your voted ballot by mail, in person, or to a drop box
- If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.
- If you are returning your ballot in person or dropping it in a drop box, it must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd.
- Anyone may return your ballot for you, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.
Important Voting Dates in California
- November 3, 2020 – Election Day – All ballots must be received by 7:00 am to 8:00 p.m.
- November 3, 2020 – Personally delivered ballots must be delivered by close of polls.
- Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020, and received by your county elections office no later than November 20, 2020.
- Vote early: California voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 5, 2020, to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Early voting and vote-by-mail ballot drop off locations may be found on the Secretary of State’s Early Voting website.
What to Bring to the California Polls
- If you’ve voted in California before, you don’t need to show ID.
- If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail and didn’t include your driver’s license number, California ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you may be asked to provide ID when you vote. Acceptable forms include:
- copy of a recent utility bill,
- the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency,
- a US passport,
- driver license,
- official state identification card,
- or student identification card showing your name and photograph.
- Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.
How to Register to Vote in Arizona
Voter registration deadlines in Arizona:
- Online registration deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020
- Mail-in registration deadline: Must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020
- In-person registration deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020
Arizona residents must go to their assigned, polling place. You can find your assigned polling location here: https://my.arizona.vote/WhereToVote.aspx?s=address&language=en. When you arrive to vote at the polls on Election Day you will announce your name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification from List #1 or two different forms of identification from List #2 or 3.
List #1 – Sufficient Photo ID including name and address (One Required)
- Valid Arizona driver license
- Valid Arizona non-operating identification card
- Tribal enrollment card or other forms of tribal identification
- Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification
List #2 – Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the name and address (Two Required)
- Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
- Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
- Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
- Indian census card
- Property tax statement of the elector’s residence
- Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
- Arizona vehicle insurance card
- Recorder’s Certificate
- Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder
- Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material”
List #3 – Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2 (Two Required)
- Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
- U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2
- U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2
California Voting Resources:
Arizona Voting Resources:
General Voting (All States) Resources: