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2016 General Election Guide: Register to Vote!

This guide includes information about the November 8, 2016 General Election. Topics include: registering to vote, ways to vote, presidential and congressional candidates, and California ballot measures.

Vote in the 2016 General Election!

The General Election is on November 8, 2016

You must be registered to vote by October 24, 2016 to participate in this election.

How to Register

The deadline to register for the November General Election is October 24th! Come to the WU library on Sept. 27th, 2016 celebrate National Voter Registration Day by making sure you're ready to vote! 

There are three ways to register:

  1. Online
  2. By Mail: find an paper application at the DMV or local libraries, or call the toll-free voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE to request one by mail.

  3. In Person: visit the Los Angeles County Elections Office

What you will need to complete your voter registration online, by mail, or in person:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number

  • The last four digits of your social security number 

  • Your date of birth.

Qualifications & Info for College Students


To register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen

  • A resident of California

  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day

Voting Options for College Students

As a Californian living away from home while attending a college, trade school or technical school, you may choose to register to vote using your home away from home address you use while at school or your traditional home address.

Choosing which address to use when you register to vote is a personal decision. Whatever you decide, you may not register to vote in two places during the same election cycle.