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Voter Engagement

Upcoming Statewide Elections :General Election: November 5th, 2024

Secretary of State’s toll-free Voter Hotline

Register to Vote 

Am I eligible to vote?

To register to vote in California, you must be (1) A United States citizen and a resident of California, (2) 18 years old or older on Election Day, (3) Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony, and (4) Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship)

Persons with a criminal history who can register to vote:

  • In county jail:
    • serving a misdemeanor sentence (a misdemeanor never affects your right to vote)
    • Because jail time is a condition of probation (misdemeanor or felony)
    • Serving a felony jail sentence
    • Awaiting trial
  • On parole
  • On probation
  • On mandatory supervision
  • On post-release community supervision
  • On federal supervised release
  • A person with a juvenile wardship adjudication

Persons with a criminal history who cannot register and vote:

Those who are currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony in state prison, federal prison, county jail, or other correctional facility*

NOTE: Once you have finished serving your term, your right to vote is restored; however, you must register online at or by filling out a paper voter registration card.

Need more info?

Go to the Secretary of State website at:

Secretary of State Frequently Asked Questions:

If you are a U.S. citizen, and are over the age of 18 by Election Day, you can vote even if you are on parole. Visit to register today.

 You may submit your voter registration application online at You can also pick up a paper application at your county elections office, any Department of Motor Vehicles field office, and many post offices, public libraries, and government offices. To have an application mailed to you, call your county elections office or the Secretary of State’s toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).

Yes! People can use a place where they can retrieve their ballot, like a local libraries, or post office.

You can track your ballot from when it first mailed to you to when it is received and counted at 

If you believe that you meet the requirements to vote but are being denied your right to vote, contact the Secretary of State’s toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683)

Proposition 17 was a ballot initiative on the November 3rd, 2020, California ballot that restored voting rights to people on parole in CA. Nearly 50,000 Californians who return home from prison are working, paying taxes, and positively contributing to their communities but were not allowed to vote because of felony disenfranchisement laws. Initiate Justice was a lead organization on the Yes on Prop 17 campaign, along with many other groups. 

Part of policy is implementation work, and IJ is committed to making sure everyone knows that they got their right to vote back.