California has same-day voter registration. Here’s how you can still vote

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Election day is finally here. And even if you’ve never registered to vote in California before, you haven’t missed your chance to cast your ballot.

Oct. 19, was the last day to use the state’s online voter registration system. But last year, California enacted conditional voter registration. Sometimes called “same-day voter registration,” conditional registration lets you register up until or on the day of the election at your county elections office or a community vote center. You can then cast a ballot, which will be processed and counted after county election officials verify your registration.


Today, you can go to any polling place and register and cast your provisional ballot there. To register, you’ll need to have on hand your California driver’s license number or ID card number, the last four digits of your Social Security number and your date of birth.

Currently registered voters can check their status to confirm their address and other details at If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can use the site to pre-register, though you won’t be eligible in November.

Ask your questions about the 2020 election here. We’ll do our best to answer.

Nov. 3, 2020

As of 2019, as many as 6 million Californians were eligible to vote but had not registered — including Snoop Dogg, who just last week posted a video of himself registering on his YouTube channel.

Once you’ve registered, it’s time to figure out how you’ll vote. The Times has videos in 14 languages about how voting works in L.A. County. Our editorial board has published a list of endorsements, and our news team has explainers about each of the propositions on the ballot.

Here’s our complete guide to the 2020 election, including how to vote, where to vote, where the candidates stand on the issues and more.