Voter Information

Disability voting logo, with the silhouetted profile of a person in a wheelchair

The main page for this information may be of interest, as well.

For more information about voting security issues and other voting system information, click here.

Online voter registration
Complete and submit an online voter registration form at the Secretary of State’s website. For security purposes, full on-line voter registration is not yet available, but by completing the information requested in the on-line form on this site, a registration card with your information will be printed and mailed to you. Click here to get the form.


The Secretary of State is issuing the ILCs a unique URL to use for all ILC (and CFILC) website links to California Online Voter Registration (COVR) effective immediately.  This new URL will allow us to track and report the number online voter registration applications generated by the CFILC and the ILCs.  We are issuing a different URL to each NVRA agency type, so that we can do proper tracking and reporting of NVRA agency voter registrations that occur online.

The unique COVR URL for all ILCs is as follows:

Independent Living Center

Our tracking system (along with a newly re-designed COVR website) will go live in March, so there is some time to update the links on your website before we begin tracking.  The above link will work immediately to bring applicants to the start page of COVR, so please update your website prior to March, if possible.

I’ve also attached a brief fact sheet that gives you an overview of all of the upgrades that will be part of the re-designed COVR system to be released in March. The new website will be available in 10 languages and has greatly improved accessibility features for people with disabilities.  It has also been optimized for mobile devices.

Please let me know if you have questions.  I’d like to find a way to verify that each ILC has updated its website, so we may come back to you in a month or so to ask the directors to confirm whether their websites are updated.  Ideally, the same update would also need to be made on any paper forms that the ILCs may be handing out that simply list the old generic COVR link on them.

Thank you and kind regards,


Jennie Bretschneider
Assistant Chief Deputy and Counsel
Secretary of State Debra Bowen
State of California
1500 11th Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA  95814
Office: (916) 653-7244
Direct: (916) 651-8297
Mobile/Blackberry: (916) 208-8656

COVR II Fact Sheet 01162014



Voting is an important way to make your voice heard on a local, state, and federal level; every vote counts! If you have any questions or need assistance with voter registration,  please call or come into either our Chico or Redding office.


Voter Registration
You can apply to register to vote right now by filling in the online application. If you have any questions, visit Frequently Asked Questions, contact the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (800) 345-8683 or by email.


Assistance in Other Languages
For a voter registration form in Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, or Vietnamese, visit the Secretary of State’s New Voters web page.


Pick Up a Voter Registration Application
You can also pick up a paper voter registration application at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post office. It is important that your voter registration application be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election.


To register to vote in California, you must be:

• A United States citizen,

• A resident of California,

• 18 years of age or older on Election Day,

• Not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post release community supervision. For more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, see the Secretary of State’s Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison

• Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent.


Are You Already Registered to Vote?
To find out if you are currently registered to vote, visit Check Status of Your Voter Registration.



Voter Registration Deadlines
In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is
15 days before Election Day, so please register early!


When to Re-Register to Vote

You need to re-register to vote when:

• You move to a new permanent residence,

• You change your name, or

• You change your political party choice.


As a California voter, be aware that local elections in some areas are held on dates that do not coincide with statewide election dates. The 15-day close of registration deadline for these local elections varies depending on the actual date of the election. If you need to know a deadline for a local election, contact your
County Elections office.


Additional Assistance
For additional assistance, please contact the Secretary of State. Additional information is available online at:

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