Your right to vote is sacrosanct and is the primary tool you have to help guide the country and ensure good governance. Many consider it a sacred duty, a right enshrined in the very fabric of our country. We at the San Marcos Democratic Club take voting very seriously and do all that we can to make sure every citizen is able to exercise that right.
Registering to Vote
If you are new to the San Diego area, changing your address within the county, changed your name, have just reached voting age, or wish to change your party affiliation, you must register or re-register to vote. The San Diego County Registrar of Voters (ROV) makes it easy to register or re-register online. If you are staying within the county you do not need to cancel your old registration as the ROV only recognizes the most recent one.
You may register to vote in California if you are:
- A U.S. Citizen
- A California Resident
- At least 18 years old on or before the next election
- Not in state or federal prison, or on parole for a felony conviction
- Not declared mentally incompetent by court action
You can pre-register to vote in California if you are 16 or 17 years old and meet all the other requirements to vote. You will be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday
In order to initially register to vote you will need your California Drivers License or state identification card as the signature on that document is the one they verify when you cast a ballot unless you registered manually by filling out a voter registration form. If you have that, click HERE to begin your registration.
Note: If you are a California resident but do not have a California Drivers License or state identification card, the ROV will send you a document to sign after you complete the online process so it has your signature on file. Your registration will not be complete until you sign and return that document.
Voting by Mail
Like most of your neighbors, you may choose to register as a Permanent Mail Voter, meaning you agree to vote by mail in all elections. Over 70% of the ballots cast in San Diego County are mail ballots.
If you are registered to vote and wish to become a permanent mail voter, start by downloading the form found HERE. You can fax or mail it to the address on the form.
Note: If you receive the mail voter form from an organization and give it back to them to deliver to the ROV, it MUST have the name of the organization on it (“Distributed by…”) or it will be rejected.
Check Your Registration
It is a good idea to periodically check your voter registration to ensure that it reflects all of your current infomation. You can check the status of your current registration by clicking HERE.