Register to Vote
Don't just sit there complaining about college costs, health care, jobs, Iraq or global warming. Do something about it! Your future and your country's
You need to be 18 years or older, a U.S. citizen and not in prison or on parole for a felony.
Or, you can pick up a voter registration form on campus at Student Special Services, 125 Costo Hall, or off campus at the Riverside County elections office, library, post office or DMV.
- Make sure you register at least 15 days before an election.
- Be sure to register again if you move, change your name or want to change your political party.
- You may choose to register as a member of a particular party such as Democratic or Republican. If none of the parties float your boat, you can choose "Decline to State."
As a registered voter, you will receive two booklets in the mail. These include nonpartisan information, which means they just give the facts and do not try to convince you to vote one way or the other.
- A Sample Ballot that lists all of the candidates and measures that will be on your ballot. It also shows where your polling place will be.
- The Voter Registration Guide tells you about statewide candidates and ballot measures.
Talk about the issues and candidates with your family and friends. Read or listen to news about the election to help you decide. Mark your choices on the Sample Ballot and take it with you when you vote.
Cast your ballot
You may vote in person at your polling place or you may request an absentee ballot
by mailing in the form that comes with the Sample Ballot. Your request must be received
by the county elections office at least one week before the election.
Riverside County is one of many that allows you to vote before election day. Check with the county elections office for early voting locations at www.voteinfo.net
If you live outside California, this site will tell you everything you need to know
about voting absentee in your home state.
Helpful guide for U.S. Citizens who are overseas including Armed Services members
Helpful guide for everything related to the voting process. http://www.calvoter.org/voter/faq.html
Another great resource for the busy college student. Learn how to register, where your polling site is and state by state regulations. http://www.vote411.org
Information on statewide measures and candidates. www.ss.ca.gov/elections/
Information on local measures and candidates. www.election.co.riverside.ca.us
Student Special Services
125 Costo Hall
Regular hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment
Phone: (951) 827-3861
FAX: (951) 827-4218