Voter Registration Information
In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day, so please register early!
If you are enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe At Home, please do not apply to register to vote using this site. Contact the Safe At Home program toll-free at (877) 322-5227 or by the Safe At Home email.
Qualifications to Register to Vote
To register to vote in California, you must be:
- A United States citizen and a resident of California (for information on voters in the military or overseas, please see Military and Overseas Voters),
- 18 years old or older on Election Day,
- Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History), and
- Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship).
Qualifications to Pre-register to Vote
To pre-register to vote in California, you must:
- Be 16 or 17 years old, and
- Meet all of the other eligibility requirements to vote.
You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.
Where to Register
Voter registration forms are available at the following locations:
- Registrar of Voters office, 255 N Forbes St, Lakeport, CA 95453
- Department of Motor Vehicles offices
- City Clerk’s office
- Public Library
- Post Office
You may have a registration form mailed to you by calling one of the following:
- Registrar of Voters office, 707-263-2372
- Secretary of State, 800-345-VOTE
When to Re-Register to Vote
To find out if you are currently registered to vote, visit Check Status of Your Voter Registration. Re-register.
Re-register to vote when:
- You change your residence address or mailing address,
- You change your name, or
- You change your political party choice.
California law allows citizens to register and vote after the registration deadline. In order to qualify, the voter registration application must be submitted in person at the Registrar of Voters office on or before Election Day, or at a polling place on Election Day. After completing a voter registration application, the voter will be provided with a provisional ballot. For more information, please refer to Same Day Voter Registration.
If your name is not on the voter list at your polling place, you have the right to vote a provisional ballot.
What Is a Provisional Ballot?
A provisional ballot is a regular ballot that is placed in a special envelope prior to being put in the ballot box.
Who Casts a Provisional Ballot?
Provisional ballots are ballots cast by voters who:
- Believe they are registered to vote even though their names are not on the official voter registration list at the polling place.
- Vote by mail and instead want to vote at their polling place or a vote center, but they did not receive their ballot or do not have their ballot with them (and the elections official is unable to verify that they have not returned their vote-by-mail ballot).
What Happens After You Cast a Provisional Ballot?
Your provisional ballot will be counted after elections officials have confirmed that you are registered to vote in that county and you did not already vote in that election.
You may vote a provisional ballot at any polling place in the county in which you are registered to vote, however, only the elections contests you are eligible to vote for will be counted.
How Can You Check The Status of Your Provisional Ballot?
Every voter who casts a provisional ballot has the right to find out from their county elections official if the ballot was counted and, if not, the reason why it was not counted. Please call our office at 707-263-2372 or toll free at 888-235-6730 if you need assistance.
The California Motor Voter program is making registering to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) more convenient. Eligible applicants completing a driver license, identification (ID) card or change of address transaction online, by mail or in person at the DMV will be automatically registered to vote by the California Secretary of State, unless they choose to opt out of automatic voter registration. For more information, visit California Motor Voter
How to Cancel My Registration
If you are currently registered to vote in Lake County and would like to cancel your voter registration, you can complete the California Voter Registration Cancellation Request Form (PDF) and return to the Registrar of Voters office at 255 N Forbes St., Lakeport, CA 95453.
Voter Registration Drives
Anyone distributing voter registration cards in California should be familiar with the rules and regulations for conducting voter registration drives.
Voter Bill of Rights
The law prohibits your voter registration information from being used for commercial purposes. Report any problems to the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683). For additional information regarding your voting rights, please go to Voter Bill of Rights.