Voter Information

Got questions about how or where to vote? We’ve got answers!

Most Common Needs:

Register to Vote Online
Find Your Polling Place and Get a Copy of Your Sample Ballot
Check Your Registration Status in Orange County
16 and 17 Year Olds Preregister Here
Information on Military and Overseas Voting

Sign up to Vote By Mail:

Apply to Vote by Mail for the Upcoming Election or Become a Permanent Vote by Mail Voter in Orange County

Know Your Voting Rights

Do you need an ID to vote? 

  • If you are asked to show ID and you have it with you, you should do so.  However, if you do not have ID, you can always vote a “Provisional Ballot.”

If you are waiting in line to vote when the polls close:

  • You can vote if you are in the polling place or in line before 8:00 pm on Election Day.

If you need time off from work to vote:

  • You can take up to two hours off work to vote without loss of pay by giving your employer previous notice.

If anyone challenges you on your right to vote based upon your citizenship, residence or identity:

  • The only person who can challenge your right to vote is an official County or City precinct worker.  Please report any incident like this to official precinct workers.

If you need a non-English ballot:

  • You can ask for a ballot in your language.  If not available, there may be a posted translation.

If you need help voting because of a disability:

  • If you can’t read or write, or have a physical disability, you can ask for assistance.

If your polling place is inaccessible because you have a physical disability:

  • You can have a precinct worker come outside the polling place and allow you to vote there.

If you need to take your children to the polling place:

  • You can bring your children under 18 into the voting booth with you.

If you make a mistake on your ballot:

  • If you make a mistake, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot.

“Provisional” Ballots:

  • If there is ever a question about your right to vote, you can always vote by “Provisional Ballot.”  A “Provisional Ballot” is the same as a regular ballot, but it won’t be counted until county officials are able to confirm your registration information after the election.  In some cases, documentation of your residence address may be required.

You should vote a “Provisional Ballot” if:

  • Election officials can’t confirm your registration.
  • You received a vote-by-mail ballot but never returned it.
  • Records show that you have moved.
  • It appears that you have already voted.
  • You are voting at a polling place outside your home precinct.

Additional Information

California Secretary of State’s Website
Orange County Registrar of Voters Most Frequently Asked Questions
Information for Persons with a Criminal History