California Voter Bill of Rights

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  • VOTE IF YOU ARE IN LINE on Election Day when the polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. *§§ 14212 and 14401
  • VOTE WITHOUT SHOWING IDENTIFICATION if you are eligible to vote and your name is on the election roster at the polling location, UNLESS you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide proper identification during registration. § 14216
  • BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU if you are physically disabled, unable to read or write English, or unable to mark the ballot. If you are physically disabled, and your polling place is inaccessible, you have the right to vote in a nearby accessible location. §§ 14282(c), 14282(a); 42 U.S.C. § 1973 et seq.
  • TAKE TIME OFF WORK TO VOTE if you do not have sufficient time to vote outside of working hours. You may take up to two hours to vote at the beginning or the end of your regular working hours without a loss of pay. § 14000(a)-(b)
  • VOTE BY PROVISIONAL BALLOT if you are properly registered to vote, but your name is not listed in the election roster. §§ 14217, 14310(a)
  • VOTE IF YOU HAVE MOVED within the same county but have not yet re-registered at your new address. You can vote by a provisional ballot in the election precinct of your new residence, at the office of your county elections official or at a central location designated by your county elections official. § 14311(a)-(b)
  • VOTE IF YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR NAME since you registered to vote. § 14218
  • RECEIVE UP TO TWO REPLACEMENT BALLOTS if you make a mistake or “spoil” your ballot. § 14288
  • VOTE WITHOUT BEING INTIMIDATED or photographed if you are within 100 feet of a polling place entrance. You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation. §§ 18541, 2300(a)(4)
  • VOTE WITHOUT HAVING YOUR ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE CHALLENGED by anyone other than a poll worker. § 14240(a)-(b)
  • VOTE IF YOU HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY, but have completed your sentence, including any period of parole, after re-registering to vote. § 2101
  • RETURN YOUR COMPLETED ABSENTEE BALLOT in person to any precinct in the county. §§ 2300(a)(7), 3017(a)
  • BRING YOUR CHILD INTO THE VOTING BOOTH, if the child is under 18 years of age. § 14222
  • RECEIVE INFORMATION IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE including sample ballots, general information, and interpreters. Languages vary by county. Please call your county registrar of voters to ask which languages are available in your county. You can also sign up to get translated voting materials sent to you before every election. You can find your county registrar at § 14201; 42 U.S.C. § 1973 et seq.; 67 Fed. Reg. 48,871
  • This is the number of the California Elections Code for each of the rights listed.

We included the codes to refer to in case your rights are being denied.

Take this with you to the polls!!!

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  • Korean: 1-866-575-1558
  • Spanish: 1-800-232-8682
  • Tagalog: 1-800-339-2957
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-339-8163
  • TDD: 1-800-833-8683
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