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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary June 3, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration May 19, 2014 October 20, 2014
Ballot Request May 27, 2014 October 28, 2014
Ballot Return 8 PM, June 3, 2014 8 PM, November 4, 2014

These are not mailing deadlines. Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local elections office. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections). You can also fill out an FPCA at RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections?

No, except for Presidential primary elections.

How can I submit my FPCA?

By mail or fax. You can also fill out an FPCA online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov

How often must I submit my FPCA?

The FPCA is good for four regularly scheduled general elections or whenever you need to update your information.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

Fill out and return the FPCA to your local elections official. You can also fill out an FPCA at RegisterToVote.ca.gov to request your absentee ballot.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)?

By mail or fax. Fax is only permitted if you live outside the territorial limits of the U.S.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

If you are registered to vote and have previously requested your ballot, you may use the FWAB to vote any time before an election. The FWAB may be used for registration, ballot request and voting all elections for Federal, State and local offices and ballot measures.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

Yes.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

No.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to voterguide.sos.ca.gov/.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all elections held until the voter fails to return an executed ballot in four consecutive statewide general elections. You may also register and request your absentee ballot online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

Enter your political party preference. If you do not wish to provide a party preference, enter "no party preference."

In Presidential primary elections only, California law allows voters who have declined to provide a party preference to vote a party ballot at a primary election if the political party allows it. Find out which political parties allow this at www.sos.ca.gov. If you want to change your political party preference, submit a completed FPCA (by mail, fax or online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov) indicating your new party preference to the local elections official no later than 15 days before the election.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Your valid California Driver License number OR the last four digits of your Social Security number are required for voter registration. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers, California will assign a number that will serve to identify you for voting purposes only.

Block 5

Recommended. Provide your contact information to allow your local elections official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

California allows you to receive the blank ballot by mail, email or fax. Some counties also offer downloadable online blank ballots. Check the county listing at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_mov.htm to see what options your county offers.

Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. If you choose to have your ballot emailed or faxed to you, provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, your local elections official will mail your ballot to you.

Block 7

Complete street address of your California voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now, even if you are requesting your ballot electronically.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local elections official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

California allows you to submit the FPCA by mail or fax. You can also fill out an FPCA online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local elections office. Addresses can be found at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_mov.htm or at the end of this section.

To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact your local elections office. Contact information can be found at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_mov.htm or at the end of this section. Your jurisdiction will contact you regarding the status of your application.

If you choose to fax your FPCA, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to your local elections official. Fax numbers can be found at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_mov.htm or at the end of this section.

You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 696-2148, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

Other ballot request methods

Ballot request if recalled to Service

If you are unable to appear at your polling place because of being recalled to service after the absentee ballot request deadline, but before 5 pm PT on the day before the election, you may request an absentee ballot at your local elections office.

Late registration

Military and overseas voters who have been released from military service and who return to their county of residence after the registration deadline may apply for registration at their local elections office. Military personnel must provide documentary proof that their release was after the registration deadline.

Voting by citizens who have never lived in the U.S.

A U.S. citizen who was born abroad, who is eligible to vote, and who has not previously registered to vote in any other State may register and vote in the California county where a parent or legal guardian would be eligible to register and vote.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be received by the local elections office by 8 p.m. PT on Election Day. Postmarks do not count.

No witness or notary is required on voted ballots. California law does not allow for return of voted ballots by email.

Military and overseas voters living outside the territorial limits of the U.S. may return the voted ballot and signed return envelope by mail or fax in accordance with the instructions sent with the ballot. You must include a signed return envelope which includes a voter's declaration. If you choose to fax your voted ballot, you must also include an Oath of Voter form waiving your right to secrecy. After you have faxed your voted ballot, signed return envelope, and signed oath, you are encouraged to also return your voted ballot and signed return envelope by mail or in person.

Overseas Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members with access to the Military Postal Service may use the "Prepaid Expedited Mail Label 11-DOD." This label is available at APO/FPO locations and can only be used for the General Election. It provides expedited mail service up to seven days prior to the election. You can return your ballot with this label attached at any MPO/FPO, American embassy or consulate. A portion of the label is retained by you for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

California allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration, ballot request and voting all elections for Federal, State and local offices and ballot measures.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

California allows you to use this form for registration. It must be submitted no later than 15 days prior to the election.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Your valid California Driver License number OR the last four digits of your Social Security number are required for voter registration. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers, California will assign a number that will serve to identify you for voting purposes only.

Block 5

Recommended. Provide your contact information to allow your local elections official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Enter your political party preference. If you do not wish to provide a party preference, enter "no party preference." In Presidential primary elections only, California law allows voters who have declined to provide a party preference to vote a party ballot at a primary election if the political party allows it. Find out which political parties allow this at www.sos.ca.gov.

Block 7

Complete street address of your California voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now, even if you are requesting your ballot electronically.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local elections official in accepting this ballot or application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

Vote your FWAB

To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to voterguide.sos.ca.gov/. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation.

How and where to submit your FWAB

If using the FWAB simultaneously as a registration form, ballot request form and voted ballot, it must be received by the local elections office no later than 15 days before the election.

If you are already registered and are using the FWAB simultaneously as a ballot request form and voted ballot, it must be received by the local elections office no later than 7 days before the election.

If you are already registered and are using the FWAB as a voted ballot only, it must be received by the local elections office no later than 8 pm on Election Day.

If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert your voted ballot into the sealed security envelope. Place the security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into a mailing envelope and mail the envelope directly to your local elections office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you are a Uniformed Service member, a dependent, or citizen outside the U.S. temporarily, you may choose to fax your FWAB; you must sign an oath waiving your right to cast the ballot secretly. You should fax back your voted ballot only if doing so is necessary for the ballot to be received no later than 8 pm on Election Day.

If you choose to fax your FWAB directly to your local elections official, fax numbers can be found at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_mov.htm. Include your voted ballot, Voter Declaration/Affirmation, and cover sheet with the secrecy waiver.

You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 696-2148, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800- 368 -8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov

Local election offices for county

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

County Mailing Address
Alameda Alameda Registrar of Voters
1225 Fallon Street, Room G1
Oakland, CA 94612-4229
Phone: 510-272-6973 Fax: 510-272-6982
Email: lolita.francisco@acgov.org
Alpine Alpine County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
PO Box 158
Markleeville, CA 96120-0158
Phone: 530-694-2281 Fax: 530-694-2491
Email: bhoward@alpinecountyca.gov
Amador Amador Registrar of Voters
810 Court Street
Jackson, CA 95642-2132
Phone: 209-2236465 Fax: 209-223-6467
Email: elections@amadorgov.org
Butte Butte County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
25 County Center Drive, Ste 110
Oroville, CA 95965-3375
Phone: 530-538-7762 Fax: 530-538-6853
Email: elections@buttecounty.net
Calaveras Calaveras County Clerk, Elections Department
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249-9713
Phone: 209-754-6375 Fax: 209-754-6733
Email: RTurner@co.calaveras.ca.us
Colusa Colusa County Clerk-Elections Department
546 Jay Street, Ste. 200
Colusa, CA 95932-2400
Phone: 530-458-0500 Fax: 530-458-0512
Email: csu@countyofcolusa.org
Contra Costa Contra Costa County Clerk - Elections Department
PO Box 271
Martinez, CA 94553-0027
Phone: 925-335-7800 Fax: 925-335-7843
Email: voter.services@vote.cccounty.us
Del Norte Del Norte County Clerk-Recorder-Elections
981 H Street Room 160
Crescent City, CA 95531-3457
Phone: 707-464-7216 Fax: 707-465-0321
Email: smealue@co.del-norte.ca.us
El Dorado El Dorado Registrar of Voters
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA 95667-4100
Phone: 530-621-7480 Fax: 530-626-5514
Email: edced@edcgov.us
Fresno Fresno County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
2221 Kern Street
Fresno, CA 93721-2613
Phone: 559-600-8683 Fax: 559-488-3279
Email: vnajera@co.fresno.ca.us
Glenn Glenn County Clerk-Elections
516 W. Sycamore Street, 2nd floor
Willows, CA 95988-2746
Phone: 530-934-6414 Fax: 530-934-6571
Email: lteeter@countyofglenn.net
Humboldt Humboldt County Clerk-Elections
3033 H Street, Room 20
Eureka, CA 95501-4409
Phone: 707-445-7678 Fax: 707-445-7204
Email: ksanders@co.humboldt.ca.us
Imperial Imperial County Clerk, Courthouse
940 W. Main Street, Room 206
El Centro, CA 92243-2839
Phone: 760-482-4226 Fax: 760-337-4182
Email: janehurtado@co.imperial.ca.us
Inyo Inyo County Clerk-Elections
168 N. Edwards PO Drawer F
Independence, CA 93526-0606
Phone: 760-878-0224 Fax: 760-878-1805
Email: kfoote@inyocounty.us
Kern Kern County Clerk - Elections Office
1115 Truxtun Avenue, 1st Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639
Phone: 661-868-3590 Fax: 661-868-3768
Email: barnetta@co.kern.ca.us
Kings Kings County Elections Dept., Govt. Center
1400 W. Lacey Boulevard
Hanford, CA 93230-5997
Phone: 559-582-3211 Fax: 559-585-8453
Email: rachelle.simas@co.kings.ca.us
Lake Lake County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
255 N. Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453-4747
Phone: 707-263-2372 Fax: 707-263-2742
Email: dianef@co.lake.ca.us
Lassen Lassen County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
220 S. Lassen Street, Ste. 5
Susanville, CA 96130-4343
Phone: 530-251-8217 Fax: 530-257-3480
Email: lcclerk@co.lassen.ca.us
Los Angeles Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650-8357
Phone: 562-466-1310 Fax: 562-864-6786
Email: militaryoverseasav@rrcc.lacounty.gov
Madera Madera County Clerk-Elections
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637-3548
Phone: 559-675-7720 Fax: 559-675-7870
Email: ssibley@co.madera.ca.gov
Marin Marin County Registrar of Voters
3501 Civic Center, Room 121
San Rafael, CA 94903-4183
Phone: 415-499-6448 Fax: 415-473-4224
Email: dbelben@marincounty.org
Mariposa Mariposa County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
PO Box 247
Mariposa, CA 95338-0247
Phone: 209-966-2007 Fax: 209-966-6496
Email: cprogner@mariposacounty.org
Mendocino Mendocino County Clerk-Elections
501 Low Gap Road, Room 1020
Ukiah, CA 95482-3738
Phone: 707-463-4371 Fax: 707-463-4257
Email: bartolok@co.mendocino.ca.us
Merced Merced County Clerk-Elections
2222 M Street, Room 14
Merced, CA 95340-3729
Phone: 209-385-7511 x7541 Fax: 209-385-7387
Email: smachado@co.merced.ca.us
Modoc Modoc County Clerk-Elections
204 South Court Street
Alturas, CA 96101-4020
Phone: 530-233-6201 Fax: 530-233-6666
Email: darcylocken@co.modoc.ca.us
Mono Mono County Clerk-Elections
Library Bldg. 74 School St. Annex 1
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Phone: 760-932-5537 Fax: 760-932-5531
Email: lromero@mono.ca.gov
Monterey Monterey County Elections
1370 S. Main St. # B
Salinas, CA 93901-2109
Phone: 831-796-1499 Fax: 831-755-5485
Email: rempertjs@co.monterey.ca.us
Napa Napa County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
900 Coombs Street, Room 256
Napa, CA 94559-2900
Phone: 707-253-4321 Fax: 707-253-4390
Email: elections@co.napa.ca.us
Nevada Nevada County Clerk - Elections
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959-8600
Phone: 530-265-1298 Fax: 530-265-9829
Email: gail.smith@co.nevada.ca.us
Orange Orange County Registrar of Voters
1300 S. Grand Ave Bldg. C
Santa Ana, CA 92705-4434
Phone: 714-567-7600 Fax: 714-567-7556
Email: jessica.castaneda@rov.ocgov.com
Placer Placer County Registrar of Voters
2956 Richardson Dr.
Auburn, CA 95604-2640
Phone: 530-886-5650 Fax: 530-886-5688
Email: vote@placer.ca.gov
Plumas Plumas County Clerk - Elections
520 Main Street, Room 102
Quincy, CA 95971-9366
Phone: 530-283-6256 Fax: 530-283-6155
Email: marcydemartile@countyofplumas.com
Riverside Riverside Registrar of Voters
2724 Gateway Drive
Riverside, CA 92507-0918
Phone: 951-486-7200 Fax: 951-486-7272
Email: rovweb@co.riverside.ca.us
Sacramento County of Sacramento
Voter Registration and Elections
Sacramento, CA 95823-2315
Phone: 916-875-6451 Fax: 916-876-5597
Email: voterinfo@saccounty.net
San Benito San Benito County Clerk, Court House
440 Fifth Street, Room 206
Hollister, CA 95023-3843
Phone: 831-636-4016 Fax: 831-636-2939
Email: acurro@cosb.us
San Bernardino San Bernardino Registrar of Voters
777 E. Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0770
Phone: 909-387-8300 Fax: 909-387-2022
Email: kplimley@rov.sbcounty.gov
San Diego San Diego Registrar of Voters
5600 Overland Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123-1271
Phone: 858-565-5800 Fax: 858-694-2955
Email: Carolyn.Twichel@sdcounty.ca.gov
San Francisco San Francisco Elections, City Hall -
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102-4608
Phone: 415-554-4375 Fax: 415-554-4372
Email: Demetri.Chames@sfgov.org
San Joaquin San Joaquin Registrar of Voters
44 N. San Joaquin Street, Suite 350
Stockton, CA 95202-2924
Phone: 209-468-2890 Fax: 209-468-9534
Email: apayne@sjgov.org
San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Elections
1055 Monterey Street, Room D120
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-1003
Phone: 805-781-5228 Fax: 805-781-1111
Email: Lzohns@co.slo.ca.us
San Mateo San Mateo County Clerk - Elections
40 Tower Road
San Mateo, CA 94402-4098
Phone: 650-312-5222 Fax: 650-312-5348
Email: mdubroff@smcare.org
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County Clerk-Elections,
PO Box 61510
Santa Barbara, CA 93160-1510
Phone: 805-568-2200 Fax: 805-568-2209
Email: arichey@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
Santa Clara Santa Clara Registrar of Voters
1555 Berger Drive, Building 2
San Jose, CA 95112-2716
Phone: 408-282-3016 Fax: 408-293-6002
Email: matt.moreles@rov.sccgov.org
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County Clerk - Elections
701 Ocean Street, Room 210
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4076
Phone: 831-454-2060 Fax: 831-454-2445
Email: tricia.webber@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
Shasta Shasta County Clerk-Elections
1643 Market Street
Redding, CA 96001-1022
Phone: 530-225-5730 Fax: 530-225-5454
Email: ahagerman@co.shasta.ca.us
Sierra Sierra County Clerk-Elections
100 Courthouse Square
Downieville, CA 95936-0398
Phone: 530-289-3295 Fax: 530-289-2830
Email: clerk-recorder@sierracounty.ws
Siskiyou Siskiyou County Clerk-Elections
510 N. Main St.
Yreka, CA 96097-9910
Phone: 530-842-8086 Fax: 530-841-4110
Email: colleen@sisqvotes.org
Solano Solano Registrar of Voters
675 Texas Street, Suite 2600
Fairfield, CA 94533-6338
Phone: 707-784-6675 Fax: 707-784-6678
Email: cmcooper@solanocounty.com
Sonoma Sonoma County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
4345 Fiscal Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-2820
Phone: 707-565-6800 Fax: 707-565-6843
Email: debbie.justice@sonoma-county.org
Stanislaus Stanislaus County Clerk, Registrar of Voters
1021 I Street, Suite 101
Modesto, CA 95354-2331
Phone: 209-525-5200 Fax: 209-525-5803
Email: stanvote@stancounty.com
Sutter Sutter County Clerk-Elections
1435 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA 95993-3011
Phone: 530-822-7122 Fax: 530-822-7587
Email: wasmith@co.sutter.ca.us
Tehama Tehama County Clerk-Elections
P.O. Box 250
Red Bluff, CA 96080-0250
Phone: 530-527-8190 Fax: 530-527-1140
Email: jvise@co.tehama.ca.us
Trinity County Clerk - Elections
PO Box 1215
Weaverville, CA 96093-1258
Phone: 530-623-1220 Fax: 530-623-8398
Email: elections@trinitycounty.org
Tulare County Registrar of Voters
5951 S. Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93277-9394
Phone: 559-624-7300 Fax: 559-737-4498
Email: mcypert@co.tulare.ca.us
Tuolumne County Clerk - Elections
2 South Green Street
Sonora, CA 95370-4696
Phone: 209-533-5570 Fax: 209-694-8931
Email: drussell@co.tuolumne.ca.us
Ventura Ventura County Clerk-Elections
800 S. Victoria Avenue, L-1200
Ventura, CA 93009-1200
Phone: 805-654-2266 Fax: 805-648-9200
Email: christina.valenzuela@ventura.org
Yolo Yolo County Clerk-Registration
625 Court Street, Room B 05
Woodland, CA 95695-3475
Phone: 530-666-8133 Fax: 530-666-8123
Email: cntyclrk@yoloelections.org
Yuba Yuba County Clerk
915 8th Street, Suite 107
Marysville, CA 95901-5273
Phone: 530-749-7850 Fax: 530-749-7854
Email: dhillegass@co.yuba.ca.us