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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.

Scheduled Elections In California

DateElection
April 3,2018 Assembly District 39 Special Election
June 5,2018 2018 June 5 Direct Primary Election
November 6,2018 2018 November 6 General Election
November 3,2020 2020 November 3 General Election

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

Assembly District 39 Special Election -- Date: April 3,2018
Deadlines
February 17, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Last day for the county elections officials to transmit ballots to military and overseas voters.
March 5, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Period in which any registered voter may apply to the county elections official for a vote-by-mail ballot for the special primary election.
March 19, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Last day to register to vote in the special primary election.
March 27, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request
2018 June 5 Direct Primary Election -- Date: June 5,2018
Deadlines
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
Deadlines
September 22, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Last day for the county elections official to transmit ballots and balloting materials to absent military or overseas voters who have requested them by this date.
October 8, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Period in which any registered voter may apply to the county elections official for a vote-by-mail ballot. Applications received before October 8, shall be kept and processed during this application period.
October 22, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Last day to register to vote in the general election.
October 30, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Last day for the county elections official to receive any voter\'s application for a vote-by-mail ballot, including an application from a military or overseas voter, and to issue such ballot for the general election.

2020 Election Dates & Deadlines

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

The Opening And Closing Times For Polling Places

Polls open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
The polls shall be open at 7 a.m. of the day of any election, and shall be kept open until 8 p.m. of the same day, when the polls shall be closed, except as provided in Section 14401.
Voting shall commence as soon as the polls are opened and shall be continued during the time the polls remain open.

Am I Eligible To Vote in California?

To register to vote in the State of California, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • A Resident of California,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
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