By Anna Daniels
Here are some frequently asked questions about election day voting in San Diego County. In order to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age and you must already be registered to vote. There is no same day registration in CA.
Find out if you are registered to vote here as well as copy of official ballot voter information pamphlet and polling location.
San Diego Free Press Progressive Voter Guide here.
When are the polls open?
Polls are open on election day Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 7am to 8pm. If you are in the line at the polling place prior to 8pm, you have the right to vote.
Where is my polling place?
The Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet you received in the mail from the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters has the polling place info on the back page.
- County of San Diego Registrar of Voters site here includes polling place locations and other general info here.
- Text VOTECA TO 90975
Do I need a California State ID to Vote?
You never need a photo ID to vote in California.
If you registered online or by mail and did not include your driver’s license, state ID, or Social Security number AND it is your first time voting, you’ll need to show documentation showing your name and address. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of identification.
- If you have voted before and your name is on the roster of voters, no. (Ed. note: You will be asked your name and address; the poll worker will repeat each back to you. Then you sign the roster of voters list. That’s it.)
- If this is your first time voting and you are registered by mail without giving your California driver’s license or state identification number or the last four digits of your social security number, then you may need to show photo identification (e. g. valid driver’s license or state ID) or a paycheck, utility bill, or government document that shows your name and address.
- To be safe, take a photo ID with you to the polls.
- If the poll workers check the roster and cannot locate your name they will assist you to try to find your correct polling location. If you believe you are registered to vote and want to vote at the polling location where you are, you are entitled to a provisional ballot.
Conditional Voter Registration
Eligible San Diego County residents who miss the voter registration deadline still have an opportunity to vote. Under California law, Conditional Voter Registration (CVR) allows a prospective voter to register and cast a provisional ballot.
Conditional Voter Registration is only available:
At the Registrar of Voters office at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa
During the 14 days prior to and including Election Day
To those who register in person
Conditional Voter Registration is not available at polling places on Election Day.
On probation or off parole? You can vote in California.
- A misdemeanor conviction does not affect your right to vote. You can vote in all elections.
- If you are on probation or if you have completed your parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision you CAN vote! (ACLU has more information on this topic here.)
I haven’t mailed my ballot by mail.
Vote by mail ballots must be received by the county elections office by the time polls close at 8pm on Election Day or your return envelope must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Registrar of Voters no later than the Friday after Election Day.
- You can return your completed ballot by mail in person to any polling place in the County of San Diego or the Registrar’s Office at 5600 Overland Ave,Suite # 100, San Diego 92123 on election day.
- You can drop off ballots at collection sites throughout the county, including 41 libraries throughout the county.
Regardless of how the ballot is returned, it MUST be received by the county elections office by the time polls close at 8pm on Tuesday June 5.