Oct. 19 is Deadline to Register to Vote

If you want to vote in the Nov. 3 Presidential General Election, register by Monday, Oct. 19 to get a ballot in the mail. Otherwise, you will need to make a trip in person to the Registrar’s office or your polling place to register conditionally and vote provisionally.

You will need to register or re-register to vote if you:

  • are not registered in San Diego County
  • recently moved
  • changed your name

Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Check your registration status online at sdvote.com. If you’re not registered or need to change your registration, you’ll be able to complete an online registration form.

If your signature is confirmed through records at the Department of Motor Vehicles, it will automatically be sent to the Registrar’s office. If your signature is not confirmed, you can print the form, sign it and return it to the Registrar’s office by 8 p.m. on Oct. 19.

If you don’t have access to a computer, registration forms are also available at the Registrar of Voters office or at the offices of the U.S. Postal Service, City Clerk, public libraries and Department of Motor Vehicles. Check with each location before you head over to make sure they are open.

For voters who need language assistance, election materials are also available in Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese.

Registration forms must be postmarked or delivered to the Registrar by Oct. 19. The Registrar of Voters office will be open until 8 p.m. that day. Voters may also register online until midnight.

If you miss the deadline to register, you may still conditionally register and vote provisionally through Election Day.

Early voting is already underway at the Registrar’s office in Kearny Mesa. Voters can cast their ballots there from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Registrar’s office launched a Vote Safer San Diego campaign amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about your voting options, visit sdvote.com or call (858) 565-5800.

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact