Secretary of State urges all Californians to confirm registration status on National Voter Registration Day

Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day, and Secretary of State Alex Padilla is encouraging all Californians to make sure they are registered to vote for the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election.

“The 2020 General Election will be the most consequential election in a generation, and voter excitement is at a fever pitch,” said Padilla. “But for the many eligible Californians who have yet to register, National Voter Registration Day is the perfect time to sign up. Californians can register to vote in a matter of minutes at

“For the more than 21 million Californians who are already registered to vote, I encourage you to verify your registration status at Once you’ve confirmed that your voter registration—including your address—is up-to-date, sign up to track the status of your vote-by-mail ballot through California’s official “Where’s My Ballot?” tracking tool at,” Padilla added.

Californians should update their voter registration if they: move, change their name, or wish to change their political party preference.


Voting begins in 13 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, 2020 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.