Voter’s Food for Thought
If you haven’t given voting much thought of why you vote or don’t vote, read on…..
Who Can Register to Vote in California?
In order to register to vote, a person must be:
·A United States citizen. The most basic requirement for registering to vote is U.S. citizenship. The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” A person is not a citizen simply because they live in California or are married to a U.S. citizen.
·A resident of California. A voter’s residence, for the purpose of voter registration, is the address specified by the voter. A voter may have more than one residence, but may only register to vote at the residence the voter considers to be their domicile. Contact the Registrar of Voters office for questions about moving to another county, state, country, a serviceperson, students away from home and a homeless person.
·18 years of age or older on Election Day. Citizens who will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election may register and vote.
·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. A person who is convicted of a felony loses the right to register and vote. Once their prison term or county jail term and parole period, mandatory supervision or post release community supervision is completed, the person’s ability to vote or to register and vote is restored. For more information on rights of people who have been incarcerated, refer to 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. A person found by a court to be mentally incompetent may not register to vote. The registration of any voter found by a court to be mentally incompetent for voting purposes must be canceled by the county elections official. (Elections Code §§ 2208, 2209, 2210, 2211.)
Change of Address, Voter’s Name, or Political Party Preference
Voters need to re-register to vote whenever they move to a new address, change their name, or change their political party preference. When completing a new Voter Registration Card (VRC), they must provide both their new and previous registration information. You can apply to register to vote by filling in an online application at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/. 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 our completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election. DO YOU NEED TO RE-REGISTER?
The San Bernardino County
Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters
Address: 777 East Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92376
Phone :( 909) 387-8300
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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