General Voter Eligibility Information
You are eligible to register to vote in California if you are:
- 18 years of age or older by election day, and
- A U.S. citizen, and
- A resident of California, and
- Not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, or not insane or have been held incompetent to stand trial.
How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
Voters who would like to vote at home either prior to or on the day of the election may request an absentee ballot. The County Clerk-Recorder is responsible for absentee ballot requests, as well as counting ballots. The County Clerk-Recorder may first mail out an absentee ballot to a voter 29 days prior to the election, but requests must be received by the County Clerk-Recorder no later than 7 days prior to the election in order for the ballot to be mailed to the voter. After that date the voter must appear in the Office of the County Clerk-Recorder and complete an application indicating the reason they cannot appear at the polls on Election Day. Absentee ballots may be requested in one of five ways:
- By filling out the Vote by Mail Application on the back cover of the Sample
Ballot sent to each registered voter.
- By letter to the County Clerk-Recorder, 1144 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo,
CA 93408. The letter must state the voters name, residence address, address to
which the ballot should be sent and voters signature.
- By applying for an absentee ballot in person at the County Clerk-Recorders
Office in San Luis Obispo (same address as above), or for voters living in the North
County, 1st and 5th Supervisorial Districts, at the County Clerk-Recorders Office
in Atascadero, 5955 Capistrano Ave., Suite B.
- By faxing a written request to the County Clerk-Recorders Office at (805)
- By downloading an Absentee Ballot Request Application from the County Clerk-Recorders Vote by Mail page.
Vote by Mail ballots cannot be requested over the telephone, as the voters signature is required. The County Clerk-Recorders Office must receive the voted absentee ballot no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day in order for it to be counted.