What is it?
Eligible 16 and 17-year-olds in California can preregister to vote in order to be automatically registered when they turn 18.
Am I eligible?
You must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible:
- Be 16 or 17 years old
- Be a U.S. citizen and a California resident
- Not currently in prison, or on parole for a felony conviction
- Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court
How do I pre-register to vote?
You have 3 options to pre-register:
- Online: registertovote.ca.gov
- By paper: Paper applications are available at county elections offices, DMV offices, many public libraries, post offices, and government offices. Call (800) 345-VOTE in order to have an application mailed to you.
- In person at the DMV: ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/about/voterregistrationoptions
More information from the California Secretary of State: ca.gov/elections/pre-register-16-vote-18/
The report “Path to the Polls: Building a More Inclusive Democracy by Preregistering California’s Youth” released by CALPIRG Education Fund, NALEO Educational Fund, and Frontier Group, offers best practices for the preregistration of 16- and 17-year-olds. The report also highlights research on the benefits of preregistration, lessons from other states, and recommendations for California to expand youth voter participation. Click here to access the report.