In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day, so please register early!
Register or re-register to Vote online at registertovote.ca.gov or at the Lake County Office of the Registrar of Voters located inside the Lake County Courthouse, Room 209 at 255 N. Forbes Street, Lakeport, CA 95453. Voter registration forms are also available at Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices, City Clerks’ offices, public libraries, and post offices. You may have a registration form mailed to you by calling our office at (707)263-2372 or the California Secretary of State at (800) 345-VOTE.
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.
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.
As a California voter, be aware that local elections in some areas are held on dates that do not coincide with statewide election dates. The 15-day close of registration deadline for these local elections varies depending on the actual date of the election. If you need to know a deadline for a local election, contact the Lake County Registrar of Voters office or visit County Administered Elections.
California Motor Voter
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
If you want to vote by mail, you must be registered to vote at least 15 days before Election Day.
Conditional Voter Registration.
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 Conditional Voter Registration
Where to Register
Voter registration forms are available at the following locations:
- Registrar of Voters office, 255 North Forbes St, Lakeport, CA 95453
- Department of Motor Vehicles offices
- City Clerks office
- Public Library
- Post Office
You may have a registration form mailed to you by calling one of the following:
- Registrar of Voters, (707) 263-2372
- Secretary of State, (800) 345-VOTE
How to Cancel My Registration
If you are currently registered to vote in California and would like to cancel your voter registration, you can complete the California Voter Registration Cancellation Request Form (PDF) and submit it to your county elections office. If you have any questions, you can contact the Lake County Registrar of Voters office office or the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
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.