Who May Register to Vote
You may register to vote if you meet the following criteria:
- You are a United States citizen
- You are a resident of California
- You are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election
- You are not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony
- You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote
The last day to register to vote in any election is 15 days prior to the election. However, only voters that are registered 29 days prior to an election, will be mailed a Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet by the Registrar of Voters and a California State Voter Guide by the Secretary of State.
How Important is Your Vote?
There are numerous reasons or excuses for not going to the polls – no ride, no babysitter, have to work, not interested, just don’t care! Do any of these sound familiar?
The ability to vote is one of the most cherished of our Constitutional Rights. It is the right to vote that people have fought for, marched for, and even died for, over the centuries. It is the right to vote that enables you to express your opinion as to the fitness of our elected leaders and their policies. It is the right to vote that permits you to hire or fire those who represent you in government. It is the right to vote that allows you to determine, to a certain degree, your own future by electing officials who reflect your views and will speak for you in government. But by not voting you are abdicating your right to influence government and allowing the will of others, whose opinions maybe contrary to your own, to prevail. And more importantly, by not voting you are allowing it to be no longer the will of the majority that governs this country, but rather, the will of the minority.
You can make a difference at the polls. Not only are you influenced by your friends, you also have influence over their decisions. Many people in this nation actually do not have an opinion at all and do not vote. However, with a few words you can convince them to vote, because it is the right thing to do, and vote for your candidate. Your 1 vote may become 5!
Your vote is your voice in the governance of your city, county, state and country. As a citizen, you declare your rights and privileges with your vote. Take advantage of this great privilege offered by our country. Make sure you are registered to vote.