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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in California.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 November 7 Municipal General Election -- Date: November 7,2017

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October 23, 2017 :Last day to transfer or register to vote in the election.
October 24, 2017 :A new citizen is eligible to register and vote at the office of, or at another location designated by, the county elections official at any time beginning on the 14th day before an election and ending at the close of polls on the election day following the date on which that person became a citizen.
November 7, 2017 :A new citizen is eligible to register and vote at the office of, or at another location designated by, the county elections official at any time beginning on the 14th day before an election and ending at the close of polls on the election day following the date on which that person became a citizen.

2017 December 5 Special Election State House District 51 -- Date: December 5,2017

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2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 June 5 Direct Primary Election -- Date: June 5,2018

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April 6, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Military and Overseas Voter Vote-By-Mail Ballot Delivery Period
May 7, 2018 Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail begins :Vote-By-Mail Ballot Mailing Period
May 21, 2018 Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail Ends :Last Day to Register to Vote
May 29, 2018 Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail Ends :Vote-By-Mail Ballot Mailing Period
May 29, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Last Day to Request Vote-By-Mail Ballot
June 8, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Last Day to Receive Vote-By-Mail Ballot Postmarked No Later Than June 5, 2018

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018

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2020 Election Dates & Deadlines

2020 November 3 General Election -- Date: November 3,2020

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Good To Know

Note

Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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