Election 2020: Here's how to register to vote

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Californians' guide to casting your ballot this November
When it comes to casting your ballot, some things are different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what you need to know.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Are you registered to vote? Here's how to check your voter registration status before the election.

To check if you're registered to vote, visit: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov.

If you're not registered, you can do so here:





In May, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order which, among other things, orders that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to each voter prior to Nov. 3 in addition to offering in-person voting locations. All registered voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot for the Nov. 3 General Election. Registered voters do not have to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for this election.

Here's how it works:

  • All registered voters in California will be mailed a ballot.
  • Ballots will go out around the first week of October.
  • All vote by mail ballots in California come with prepaid postage.
  • You can return your ballot at any time up to and including Election Day, November 3.
  • The envelope must be sealed, signed, and dated.
  • It can be turned into your county election's office, a ballot drop box, a vote center, or any polling place.
  • If you're mailing it back, there's more time this year for it to arrive, because of concerns about the U.S. Postal Service.
  • A ballot with a postmark no later than November 3 can be received as late as November 20 and it will still count.
  • You can track your ballot online, through the Secretary of State's website.

You can also vote in person on Election Day. Voting stations will be set up 6 feet apart. You should wear a mask, but you won't be refused your right to vote if you don't wear one.

Go here for answers to frequently asked questions about mail-in voting.

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, which was created back in 2012 as an awareness campaign and helped register 300,000 voters.

Califronia voters can check registration status here.

This is the perfect time to check your registration status -- making sure your address is correct and plan for safe and secure voting.

All registered voters have been sent a Vote by Mail Address Confirmation Card. If you've moved, let officials know by updating your address. Just fill out the confirmation card and drop it in the mail.

Get the latest updates on elections news here.

For everything you need to know about all the California propositions, check out our 2020 Voter Guide.

MORE: Companies across the US pledge to give workers time off to vote

President Donald Trump suggested delaying the presidential election over his persistent false attacks that mail-in voting would lead to the "most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history."