Qualifications for Registering to Vote

To register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen,
  • A resident of California,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State`s Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison), and
  • Not currently found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

Additional Information

Voter Bill of Rights

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