Getting Registered to Vote

by Sarah McGrew, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Photo by Jenna McMane.

Photo by Jenna McMane.

No matter how frustrated, tired and disappointed we might be with  the current political climate, one thing’s for sure; it’s time to get registered to vote in this presidential election. Whether it be Clinton, Trump, Stein, or Johnson, it’s time to step up to the plate and take on the responsibility of a registered voter. For many, getting registered to vote is a confusing process. The Bulldog hopes to change that by providing a guide for registering to vote in California as well as general information about finding information on registering to vote in other states.

California Residents:

If you have not yet registered to vote yet, act quickly! The deadline for registration is October 24. If you want register to vote online go to www.registertovote.ca.gov. According to this registration site you will need your California driver license (or California identification card number), the last four digits of your social security number, and your date of birth.  Click register to vote at the bottom of the page and fill out the information asked in order to register.  Polls will be open from 7am-8pm on Election Day (November 8). If you don’t know where to go to vote, you can find your polling place by going to http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/.

If you are worried you won't be able to make it to the polls on Election Day, you can register to vote-by-mail. Vote-by-mail starts on October 10 and the last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is November 1. You can access the “Official Voter Information Guide” for California at http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/.

General Information for Other States:

Voter registration varies in every state, but most deadlines to register are coming up very soon, so it’s better to register sooner rather than later. You can start by looking up your County Clerk’s website. However, sometimes the information provided on a County Clerk’s website can be confusing. I would also recommend going to www.rockthevote.com. Rock the Vote is dedicated to getting young voters registered and to the polls. On Rock the Vote’s website you can find voting registration information for every state, and you can also sign up for email updates regarding important election dates.

Whoever it is that you will be voting for, we at The Bulldog hope this information helps you get out to the polls come November.