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:
|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|
|Registration Return by Mail||October 24, 2016|
|Ballot Request||November 1, 2016|
|Absentee Ballot Return by Mail||November 8, 2016|