WHO CAN REGISTER TO VOTE
To register to vote in San Bernardino County a person must be:
- A United States citizen
- A resident of California
- At least 18 years old on Election Day
- Not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post release community supervision
- Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent
A person may pre-register to vote if he or she is a United States citizen, a resident of California, not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and at least 17 years of age.
Identification is only required for those registering in California for the first time, by mail. Acceptable identification documents must contain the registrant’s name and residence address as shown on the voter registration application and are listed below:
- A current and valid photo ID
- A current utility bill
- A bank statement
- A government check
- A paycheck
- Other government document
HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE
To become a registered voter, you can register online or fill out a paper Voter Registration Form. These forms can be found at one of these registration locations [pdf]. You can also request a Voter Registration Form be sent to you by mail from the Elections Office, or you can register in person at the Elections Office.
To register by mail or in person:
- Obtain a Voter Registration Form.
- Complete all required fields and sign the form. State law requires that your original signature appear on a Voter Registration Form.
- Return your Voter Registration Form by mail or in person to the San Bernardino County Elections Office using the address provided on the Voter Registration Form.
Once your Voter Registration Form has been received and processed by the Elections Office, confirmation will be mailed to your registered address. Please call (800) 881-8683 if you have questions, comments, or concerns.
Information on your voter registration affidavit will be used by elections officials to send you official information on the voting process, such as the location of your polling place and the issues and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is a misdemeanor. Voter information may be provided to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee, or other persons for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. Driver's license and social security numbers, or your signature as shown on your voter registration card, cannot be released for these purposes. If you have any questions about the use of voter information or wish to report suspected misuse of such information, please call the Secretary of State's Voter Protection and Assistance Hotline.
Certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, please contact the Secretary of State's Safe At Home program or visit the Secretary of State's web site.
WHERE TO REGISTER TO VOTE
A person may register to vote at many convenient locations, including most County libraries, city clerk offices, and post offices. Here is a list of registration locations [pdf] in San Bernardino County.
WHEN TO REGISTER TO VOTE
You can register to vote any time of the year. However, in order to be registered for an upcoming election, you must be registered to vote 15 days before Election Day.
Your registration must be postmarked or received at the Elections Office no later than:
City of San Bernardino General Election
|January 20, 2014
State Senate District 23 Special Primary Election
March 10, 2014
Statewide Primary Election
|May 19, 2014
| October 27, 2014
PROOF OF VOTER REGISTRATION
When a voter needs to prove he or she is a registered voter, the voter may come to the Elections Office and purchase a certified copy of his or her voter registration for $1.50 each. The certified copy will have the voter’s name, date of registration, and it will be embossed with the official Elections Office seal.
A voter must re-register (submit a new Voter Registration Form) if that person has:
- Changed his or her address within the County
- Moved to San Bernardino County from another county, or
- Changed his or her name, or
- Changed political party affiliation
CANCELLATION OF VOTER REGISTRATION
To cancel your own voter registration, you must:
- Print the Voter Registration Cancellation Form [pdf], complete, sign, and return to the Elections Office, or
- Provide written notification to the Elections Office cancelling your voter registration. Include your first and last name, address on file, date of birth, and signature.
The Voter Registration Cancellation Form or written notification can be sent by mail or fax to the Elections Office. You may also email the scanned form or note to us at VoterRegistrations@sbcountyelections.com by scanning it and attaching it to an email.
We are unable to cancel or inactivate a voter record of a person who is deceased or incompetent to vote based on verbal or written communication from a relative. An official death certificate or an Order of Conservatorship signed by a judge is required. A copy of such a record is needed for the cancelled voter file.