Register to Vote

Register to Vote

Three members wearing Voting Matters sashes

How do I register to vote?

If you are not sure if you are registered click this link and give the Registrar a bit of information to find out your status.

TO REGISTER TO VOTE CONTACT:

San Diego County Registrar of Voters 5600 Overland Ave., Suite 100 (Kearny Mesa)
P.O. Box 85656
San Diego CA 92186-5656
858-565-5800
Website: http://www.sdvote.com -- Email: rovmail [at] sdcounty.ca.gov 

You must re-register if you:

  • have changed your address
  • your name
  • or your party affiliation.

To Vote you must be:

  • a U.S. Citizen
  • 18 years of age
  • and a registered voter for 15 days 

You can pre-register to vote if:

  • you are 16 or 17 years of age
  • your registration becomes active on your 18th birthday
  • more info here

Where to Vote

  • Before an election, a sample ballot is sent to each registered voter telling the precinct number, the address of the assigned voting place.
  • Absentee or voting by mail 
    In 2020, every registered voter will receive a ballot in the mail. Register now so there will be no delay in getting your ballot.

How to Keep Voter Registration Up to Date:

  • Always vote.
  • When you move within the county or change your name, request a change form from county voter registrar.
  • If you move out of county, you must re-register with the county of your new residence.
  • Address change must be completed 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • You may return to your former precinct to vote for 90 days after a move. 

Why Bother To Vote

  • Your vote does make a difference.
    Elections have been won by only one vote. American democracy is a participatory form of government.
  • Express your opinion - voting gives you the power. Voting is the most important right of citizenship because it is the only means you have of preserving all your other rights.