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FAQs about Registering to Vote

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FAQs about Registering to Vote
Published on: 2/23/2012 12:00 AM

How to Register to Vote

An online voter registration application is available for your convenience.

To register to vote, complete a Voter Registration form and mail it. The form is pre-addressed and postage paid. The forms are available from 45 locations (click here) in Nevada County, including markets, city halls, post offices, chambers of commerce, libraries, state agencies (DMV), county offices, and the Elections Office at 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City CA 95959. They are also available by calling the Elections Office at 265-1298, or toll-free at 1-888-395-1298.

Am I currently registered to vote?

Who is Eligible to Register

Anyone who is a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older on or before the date of the election, a resident of California, not found by a court to be mentally incompetent, and is not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code Section 1170, or on post release community supervision may register to vote.

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. ​

Military and Overseas Voter Registration

Uniformed service members or US citizens outside the country should complete an online voter registration application.
In order to register to vote as a military or overseas voter a person must meet the above eligibility requirements and one of the following:

Be in the military or a spouse or dependent of someone in the military or armed services. Be overseas temporarily or by virtue of employment. Be overseas indefinitely.

Who Needs to Register

You must re-register to vote by completing a new Voter Registration form if you change your name, party preference, mailing address or residence address.

Deadline to Register to Vote

A Voter Registration form must be completed, signed, dated and postmarked or delivered no later than 29 days before an election to receive a Voter Information Pamphlet, and other important election information.

Voters who register between 29 and 15 days before an election will not receive a Voter Information Pamphlet, but they will receive a postcard notifying them of their polling place.

Confidential Voter Registration - Safe at Home Program

This confidential mailing address program run by the Secretary of State's Office has given thousands the room to live and vote again without fear. The program, which provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service, is designed to help victims and survivors of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault to start new lives in peace and to provide added protections to their overall safety plans.

Protecting Voter Privacy

Information on your voter registration affidavit will be used by elections officials to send you official election information. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is a misdemeanor. California Election Code allows voter information to be provided to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee, or other persons for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. Driver’s license, social security numbers, and/or your signature cannot be released for these purposes.

Suspected misuse of such information should be reported to the Secretary of State’s Voter Protection and Assistance Hotline at 1-800-345-8683​​​​​​​