Voting 101


What is a “Primary Election”?

In Primary elections we vote on ballot measures and choose which candidates will move on to the general election in November. The top two candidates that receive the most votes earn the right to run in the general election where we make a final selection. The next Presidential Primary will be on March 5, 2024.

important dates:

important dates
March 5th

Presidential Primary

February 20

last day to register to vote

February 24th

Vote centers open in all VCA counties

February 6th

VBM Drop Boxes will be available

March 12th

Mailed VBM Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election day

March 5th

VBM ballots can also be dropped off in-person by 8 pm

Click the link below to find your
voting location

Click the link below to find your
ballot drop off locations

who is eligible...

  1. All U.S. Citizens, who are residents of California, at least 18 years old on Election Day, and who are not currently serving state or federal prison sentences for felony convictions are eligible to vote
  2. Formerly Incarcerated People
  3. All individuals who are not currently serving prison sentences for felony convictions, but are otherwise eligible can vote
    1. Including those in county jails serving misdemeanor sentences or awaiting trial, and individuals on parole, probation, or mandatory supervision
  4. Proposition 17 also restored the right to vote for people currently on parole for felony convictions 



Conditional Voter Registration

Registration Men

ways to vote & timelines

Vote by Mail (VBM) Ballots
  1. Ballots Mailed to Voters February 5th.
  2. VBM Drop Boxes available beginning February 6th
  3. Mailed VBM Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election day and received by March 12th
  4. VBM ballots can be dropped off in-person at a secure ballot drop box voting location or your county elections office by 8:00pm on March 5th
in-person voting

In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance to those who need it. Click on link below to find your polling place.

My polling place

vote centers open
  1. Vote centers open in all VCA counties on February 24th
  2. In VCA Counties you can vote by mail, use a drop box, or go to a vote center up to 10 days before election day.
  3. VCA Counties include: Sacramento, Alameda, Fresno, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego