Special Case Voters

College Students:
A college student should register to vote in the county and state where his or her permanent residence is located. A permanent residence address may be the dormitory where the student is attending school, an off-campus residence, or his or her residence at home with his or her parents.
New Residents:
Voter registration for new residents must be in progress beginning on the 14th day prior to an election and the process must be complete on the 7th day prior to Election Day.  This registration must be conducted in the Elections Office and the new resident must vote in the current election using a new resident's ballot while in the office.
New Citizens:
Anyone who becomes a new United States citizen on or before the 15th day before an election when registration closes must follow the regular procedures for registering to vote.  Anyone who becomes a new United States citizen by completing the swearing in ceremony after the 15-day close of voter registration, but before or on Election Day must:
  • Meet all the voter requirements
  • Have established residence in the state of California

Any new citizen who meets these qualifications is eligible to register and vote at the Elections Office or at any of the designated voter locations beginning on the 14th day before an election and ending at the close of polls on Election Day.

You will be required to show proof of citizenship and declare that you are a California resident.  You will then be asked to complete a registration form to become a registered voter.  Once you are registered, you will be given a ballot for you to vote in the current election.

Convicted Felons:  If you have a felony conviction, you CAN vote if you have:

  • Completed your parole
  • Completed your probation
  • Not currently incarcerated or on community supervision for a felony


For more information regarding convicted felons’ voting status view the Secretary of State’s Letter and Memorandum [pdf].