In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day, so please register early!
If you are enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe At Home, please do not apply to register to vote using this site. Contact the Safe At Home program toll-free at 877-322-5227 or by the Safe At Home email.
Qualifications to Register to Vote
To register to vote in California, you must be:
- A United States citizen and a resident of California (for information on voters in the military or overseas, please see Military and Overseas Voters)
- 18 years old or older on Election Day
- Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History)
- Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship)
Qualifications to Pre-Register to Vote
To pre-register to vote in California, you must:
- Be 16 or 17 years old, and
- Meet all of the other eligibility requirements to vote.
You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.
Where to Register
Voter registration forms are available at the following locations:
- Registrar of Voters Office
255 N Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
- Department of Motor Vehicles offices
- City Clerk's office
- Public Library
- Post Office
You may have a registration form mailed to you by calling one of the following:
- Registrar of Voters office, 707-263-2372
- Secretary of State 800-345-VOTE (8683)
If You Are Already Registered to Vote
To find out if you are currently registered to vote, visit Check Status of Your Voter Registration.
When to Re-Register to Vote
Re-register to vote when:
- You change your residence address or mailing address,
- You change your name, or
- You change your political party choice.
The California Motor Voter program is making registering to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) more convenient. Eligible applicants completing a driver's license, identification card, or change of address transaction online, by mail, or in person at the DMV will be automatically registered to vote by the California Secretary of State, unless they choose to opt out of automatic voter registration. For more information, visit California Motor Voter.
How to Cancel My Registration
If you are currently registered to vote in Lake County and would like to cancel your voter registration, you can complete the California Voter Registration Cancellation Request Form (PDF) and return it to the Registrar of Voters office at 255 N Forbes Street, Lakeport, CA 95453.
Same-Day Voter Registration (Conditional Voter Registration)
In elections conducted by your county elections official, you can "conditionally" register and vote at your county elections office after the 15-day voter registration deadline. For more information please go to Same Day Voter Registration (Conditional Voter Registration).
If your name is not on the voter list at your polling place, you have the right to vote a provisional ballot.
Voter Registration Drives
Anyone distributing voter registration cards in California should be familiar with the rules and regulations for conducting voter registration drives.
Voter Bill of Rights
The law prohibits your voter registration information from being used for commercial purposes. Report any problems to the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at 800-345-VOTE (8683). For additional information regarding your voting rights, please go to Voter Bill of Rights.