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What Is Conditional Voter Registration?

by Shawn M. Griffiths, published

Are you a California citizen? Did you miss the registration deadline to vote in the June primaries? Well, don't worry, because there is still a way you can cast a ballot in the primary elections.

California offers a new option called conditional voter registration.

What makes it conditional, you ask? Here is what you need to know:

  • If you missed the May 21 voter registration deadline, you can go into your county's elections office between now and June 5, register to vote, and cast a ballot on the same day.
  • The only way to vote this way is by doing it though your county's elections office or at a designated voter center if you reside in one of the 5 counties that have adopted the Voter's Choice Act (Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo).
  • Voters who did not register before the May 21 deadline cannot vote in their local polling location or vote by mail. It is only through the elections office.

That is the basic rundown. You can get the full details on conditional voter registration on the secretary of state's website. You can also check your voter registration status here.

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