New voter registration milestone – California reaches 21 million registered voters

California has officially surpassed 21 million active registered voters for the first time in history. This milestone comes 60 days before the Nov. 3 General Election. The secretary of state’s next official report of registration will be issued later this month with breakdowns of registration by party, political jurisdiction and age.

“2020 is another record setting year for voter registration in California,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, our democracy remains strong and resilient.

“If you’ve recently turned 18, recently become a US citizen, or even if you’ve never voted before — don’t wait. Register to vote today at It only takes a few minutes to register and to make your voice is heard in one of the most consequential elections in our nation’s history. And if you’re already registered to vote, I encourage you to verify your registration status and to sign-up for ballot tracking.”


Voting begins in 32 days starting Oct. 5


All counties will begin mailing ballots to every active, registered voter in California. Voters will be able to vote early, in-person at their county elections office.


Tips for voters

Californians are encouraged to take the following steps to prepare for the General Election:


Voter registration deadline

Oct. 19 is the traditional voter registration deadline for the Nov. 3 General Election. If an eligible Californian misses the Oct. 19 deadline, they can complete the same day voter registration process and cast their vote that day. However, this option is only available at county elections offices and in-person voting locations.