Election Season Deadlines


Feb 5, 2016 (San Diego) The first electoral contests in the Presidential Primaries have started, and California comes late in the calendar. That said, there are some important things to take into account.

The Motor Voter Bill signed by the Governor will not come into implementation until 2017. If you were counting on an automatic registration when you renew, you will still have to do it the old fashioned way. When it comes into effect, you sill need to change your party and status manually in between renewals.

California is an open primary state, which means if you are registered as an Independent you can vote in either primary.

So here are the important deadlines and a link to the state online registration tool.

Here are all the deadlines:

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
June 7, 2016 – Presidential Primary Election Day (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
Primary: Military and Overseas Voter Vote-By-Mail Ballot Delivery Period. April 23, 2016
Vote-By-Mail Ballot Mailing Period Begins May 9, 2016
Presidential Write-In Candidate Deadline May 17, 2016
Primary: Last Day to Register to Vote May 23, 2016
Primary: New Citizen (sworn in after May 23, 2016) Voter Registration Period May 24, 2016
Primary: Last Day to Request Vote-By-Mail Ballot May 31, 2016
Primary: Vote-By-Mail Ballot Mailing Period. May 31, 2016
Primary: Last Day to Receive Vote-By-Mail Ballot Postmarked No Later Than June 7, 2016 June 7, 2016
Primary: New Citizen (sworn in after May 23, 2016) Voter Registration Period June 7, 2016
November 8, 2016 – General Election Day
Registration Return by Mail October 24, 2016
Ballot Request November 1, 2016
Absentee Ballot Return by Mail November 8, 2016

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