Who is eligible to vote?
You are eligible to vote in any election if, on the day of election:
1. You are a citizen of the United States.
2. You have been a resident of Ventura County for at least 15 days.
3. You have been properly registered to vote for at least 15 days.
4. You are not incarcerated or on parole for the conviction of a felony.
5. You are at least 18 years old on the day of the election.
6. Not declared mentally incompetent by court action.
You do not have to be able to read or write in English or any other
language. Probationers may register to vote.
Note: If you move to a different precinct less than 15 days before an election, you may
vote by absentee ballot or by returning to your old precinct. You may vote and then
re-register by asking for a form at the polling place.
How can I register?
We suggest that you register in one of the following ways:
1. You may register in person at the Elections Division in Ventura County.
2. You may register by mail, using a postcard affidavit. These are available at
schools, libraries, city halls, fire stations, DMV and other state offices, chambers of commerce and
3. The newly passed "Motor Voter" law requires that all state offices,
including the Department of Motor Vehicles, must keep voter registration affidavits
available and that state employees must assist citizens in filling one out. In addition,
whenever you apply for a driver's license, you are automatically registered to vote unless
you ask not to be registered.
Note: Each person who registers to vote is sent a Voter Notification
Card. If you do not receive such a card within three weeks of registering,
contact the Elections Division, or call the Registrar of Voters
(805-654-2781 for Ventura County) and ask if you are registered.
What information must I provide?
Full name. First, middle, last.
Complete residence address, not a post office box.
(If there is no street address
you may describe where you live.)
The address where you get your mail, if different from your residence
address. This may be a post office box.
Your California drivers’ license number or identification card number is
mandatory if you have one. Otherwise, provide the last four digits of
your Social Security Number (SSN).
The name of the U.S. state or the foreign country where you were born.
Your political party preference – you may check “decline to state” if you
In which language you prefer to receive election materials.
The address at which you were last registered to vote (if any).
Your signature and the date you signed the form. By signing the form you
certify that the information is truthful and correct under penalty of
perjury. If you are unable to write your name you may make a mark or a
cross. Someone else may fill out the form for you. That person must sign
and date the form below your mark. Mail form directly after signing.
You may also choose to provide
any of the following information:
Mr., Mrs., Miss or Ms.
Your telephone number. This number becomes a public record.
You may also choose to become a permanent absentee voter and receive a
ballot in the mail for all elections in which you are eligible to vote.
Does it cost to register?
No. Registration is free.
When can I register?
You may register at anytime, but you must register at least 15 days before the
first election in which you want to vote.
Last Day to Register
1/23/2012 Presidential Primary
If you register between 29 and 15 days prior to the election you will be sent a sample
ballot only if there is time to process your registration. Otherwise you will receive a
post card giving your polling place location. Sample ballots will be available at the
When is it necessary to re-register?
Once you have registered to vote in Ventura County, you need to re-register only if:
1. You have moved from your original registration address.
2. You wish to change your name, party affiliation, or other information on your
Where is my residence?
The place where you physically reside:
If you are a college student living away from home you may register at you
college residence address (on or off campus), or at your permanent home
address, but only at one of these places.
If you own more than one residence you must decide which one is your
"domicile" and register and vote at only one place.
If you are homeless you may register as long as you maintain a fixed
location where you can receive mail and at which you can be assigned to a
Must I declare a party affiliation?
No. However, if you have not declared a party affiliation, during a primary
election your presidential vote is really a vote for the delegates to the party's
nominating convention, and only registered voters of that party are counted.
How can I get an absentee ballot?
Any registered voter may obtain an absentee ballot, by mail or in person, from
the Elections Division. An application for an absentee ballot is included in the sample
ballot that will be mailed to you before an election. Mailed requests for absentee ballots
must be received in the office of the Elections Division no later than 5 p.m. one week
before an election is held. During the week preceding an election, absentee ballots may be
obtained in person from the Elections Division.
Note: Absentee ballots can be requested at any time prior to an election, but they are
not mailed to voters until the close of registration (29 days before an election).
How do I contact the Elections Division?
The Elections Division is in the Administration Building, 800 South Victoria
Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009. Telephone toll-free at (805) 654-2781 or view their web site
and click on "Elections".
When are elections held?
Most residents of Ventura County have the opportunity to vote in six types of
elections, held according to a variety of schedules:
1. General elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November
in even-numbered years. Their purpose is to elect national, state, and some
special-district and county officers and to decide local and state ballot issues.
2. Primary elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March.
Their purpose is to choose candidates who will run in general elections, to elect
delegates to national party conventions, to elect party central committee members and to
decide some local and state ballot issues. Note: A candidate for county or
special-district office who receives a majority of the votes cast in a primary election is
automatically elected and does not need to run in November.
3. Municipal elections coincide with general elections in nine of the ten incorporated
cities in Ventura County. The exception is the city of Ventura, where they are held on the
first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in odd-numbered years.
4. School elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in
both even and odd-numbered years.
5. Special-district elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of
November in even and odd-numbered years.
6. Recall elections may be scheduled for any Tuesday of any month in any year.
What is a nonpartisan office?
A nonpartisan is an office for which candidates' names appear on the ballot
without party designation. No party may nominate a candidate for nonpartisan office.
Which offices are nonpartisan?
Local offices such as most city council members, county supervisors, all
judgeships, including the statewide office of member of the California Supreme Court, and
all school boards, including the statewide offices of Superintendent of Public Instruction
and Insurance Commissioner, are nonpartisan.
Are there nonpartisan primaries?
Yes. Some local nonpartisan primaries such as those for judges are usually
held at the same times as the statewide regular primary in March. A candidate for a
nonpartisan office who is on the March ballot is selected if he or she wins more than 50%
of the vote. If not, there is a runoff election in November between the top two
Do all nonpartisan offices use primaries?
No. Some nonpartisan offices, such as most city councils and school boards, do
not use primaries. Candidates run as independents and the person with the most votes wins
even if it is not a majority.
When are local elections held and how do I learn about them?
There is no set time or method that applies to all city, county, school, or
special district elections. If you are a registered voter, you will receive a Sample
Ballot before the election. This will provide the information you need about who is
running for what office and whether there are any local ballot measures. All local offices
are nonpartisan and candidates run without party affiliation noted on the ballot.
How can I find answers to other questions?
Contact your county's registrar of voters at (805) 654-2781.