How to Vote in California’s March 2024 Primary Election

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How to Vote in California’s March 2024 Primary Election

Elections 2024, California politics

Ziema Mehta

February 1, 2024

California’s primary will take place on March 5, Super Tuesday, along with more than a dozen other states. But voting actually begins on February 5, once voters receive their ballots in the mail.

Here are some things you need to know about how to vote and where to find more information about the elections:

How do I check if I am registered to vote?

Voter registration status can be checked with the Secretary of State’s office here. You will need to enter your name, date of birth, and your driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

You may need to register again if you have changed your name or moved and have not notified the Department of Motor Vehicles or the US Postal Service.

Can I still register to vote?

The last day to register to vote is February 20. You can submit an application via the State Secretariat on this website.

What’s on the ballot for the 2024 California primary?

Eligible Californians who miss the deadline can still vote by completing a conditional voter registration application at their county election office, voting center or polling place. Such ballots will not be counted until county election officials verify that the candidate is eligible to vote in the election.

If you are not affiliated with a political party:

There are nearly 4.8 million Californians registered with no party preference, more than 1 in 5 of every registered voter in the state. If one wants to vote during the presidential primaries, one must take additional steps.

Voters without a party preference who wish to cast their ballots for presidential candidates in the Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent primaries must request a ballot from their county elections office. An application and the methods to submit it can be found here.

Alternatively, Californians who vote in person at a polling place or polling place can request a ballot for these three political parties at check-in.

Voters who wish to cast their votes in the Republican, Green or Peace and Freedom presidential primaries must register with these parties. Voters can change their party membership online here. After February 20, registration must be changed in person at an election office, polling station or polling place.

Where can I see what is on the ballot?

The voter guides have been emailed to all registered voters. They can also be found here in several languages.

Presidential, congressional and legislative races are among the contests on the ballot.

Can we add links to our guides?

Here’s information Times reporters gathered about the races:

Mk adds roadblock to voting destination landing page here Your Voter’s Guide to the 2024 California Primary Elections Proposition 1US SenateHouse Races Legislative RacesCity CouncilHow can I vote by email?

County election officials are expected to begin mailing ballots to all registered voters by Feb. 5. These ballots can be returned by mail or at drop-off locations that open the next day, a county election office or a polling place.

If you live in Los Angeles County, you can find a list of drop-off locations here.

If someone other than the registered voter returns the ballot, the voter must complete the authorization information on the ballot.

If you are mailing your ballot, it must be postmarked by March 5 and received by March 12.

How can I vote in person?

Early in-person voting centers will open across much of the state on February 24, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura counties. Here you will find information for your province:

On election day, voters can cast their vote at their polling station between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. The polling places must be listed on your ballot or can be found at

How do I make sure my vote is counted?

Voters can track their ballots by registering their name, date of birth and zip code here on the Secretary of State’s website. They can see when their ballot has been received and counted.

What happens after Election Day?

Many races will be called shortly after polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day, and others will be updated throughout the evening on the Secretary of State’s election results website at

But the results of some close contests may not be known for days or weeks as county election officials count ballots, especially those received after Election Day. Vote counts will be updated at 5 p.m. the following days, and official results will be posted at by April 12.


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