What is it?
Eligible 16 and 17-year-olds in California can preregister to vote in order to be automatically registered when they turn 18.
Am I eligible?
You must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible:
- Be 16 or 17 years old
- Be a U.S. citizen and a California resident
- Not currently in prison, or on parole for a felony conviction
- Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court
How do I pre-register to vote?
You have 3 options to pre-register:
- Online: registertovote.ca.gov
- By paper: Paper applications are available at county elections offices, DMV offices, many public libraries, post offices, and government offices. Call (800) 345-VOTE in order to have an application mailed to you.
- In person at the DMV: ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/voterregistrationoptions
More information from the California Secretary of State: ca.gov/elections/pre-register-16-vote-18/
The report “Path to the Polls: Building a More Inclusive Democracy by Preregistering California’s Youth” released by CALPIRG Education Fund, NALEO Educational Fund, and Frontier Group, offers best practices for the preregistration of 16- and 17-year-olds. The report also highlights research on the benefits of preregistration, lessons from other states, and recommendations for California to expand youth voter participation. Click here to access the report.
2019 FUTURE VOTERS ART CONTEST
In 2019, Future of California Elections asked eligible youths ages 15-18 to create art based on what inspires them to be a future voter. To view art submissions, click here.