People Experiencing Homelessness Can Register to Vote, Here’s How

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People experiencing homelessness in California can register to vote as long as you meet the standard eligibility criteria required of all voters. To register to vote in California you must be:

  • a citizen of the United States
  • a legal resident of your state
  • at least 18 years old by election day
  • not in prison, on probation or parole for a felony conviction
  • You may be eligible to vote if you are a convicted felon whose voting rights have been restored (varies – check local laws)
  • not declared mentally incompetent by a court (varies – check local laws)

Here are a few facts to know:

You do not need a street address to register to vote:

The section of the voter registration form that asks for your address allows voters to describe the place where you spend most of your time. You can include cross streets and routes to help establish your right to vote in your community.

You do not need ID to register to vote:

If you do not have a California ID card or know the last four digits of your social security number you can leave this section blank. According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, “In most cases, you will not be required to show identification when you vote in person. If you are voting for the first time in a federal election, you may be asked to show identification if you did not provide the last four digits of your Social Security number or driver’s license or California ID number when you registered to vote.”

You should include an address where you receive mail if possible:

This can be a post office box, the home of someone you trust, or a business that has agreed to receive mail on your behalf. If you include an address where you can receive mail you should be able to vote by mail in the election this fall.

This year it is especially important for all voters to make a plan to vote that will work best for them. This guide has information members of California’s disability community can use to make their voting plan this fall. The guide is also available in Spanish.






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