Voting & Elections Information
"Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it."
- Susan B. Anthony -
Register to vote by clicking one of the links below.
The 2020 Presidential Debates: A Retrospective Approach
Wednesday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom
Join your student government leaders and Cuesta history instructor Zach McKiernan
discussion about the 2020 Presidential Debates
- Why do we need debates?
- Why are the 2020 debates unique?
- What are the effects of the debates?
- Why is it important to view the debates within a historical perspective?
Informed Voter Workshop
Thursday, October 22 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Join Cuesta librarians Sharon Haupt and Mark Stengel for a workshop that will give
tools to become an informed and research savvy voter.
They will cover the following topics:
- News Literacy
- Misinformation and disinformation
- Informed Voting
Lunch with The League of Women Voters (LWTL) series
Each Monday through November 9th the League of Women Voters will hold webinars
on Election 2020 topics which will help voters understand the changes in the election
process this year. They will have different topics every week, timed to match what's going
on in the election.
Voter Service Chair Julie Rodewald will host the series, and will have other guests
are expert in the election process. Participate in Q&A to get your questions answered.
Information / Replays / Link to Registration
Listing of All Future LWTL Events / Registration Links on each Event
Direct LWTL Zoom Webinar Registration
How do I register to vote?
Just click on the California Voter Registration Button and fill out the online form.
Important 2020 Dates and Deadlines
- Monday, Oct. 19 – Voter Registration Deadline. This is the last day to register to vote online or to register to vote by mail or in person.
- Tuesday, Nov. 3 – General Election Day. Polls open at 7:00 am and closed at 8:00 pm. Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3, or turned in at a polling place by 8:00 pm.
Where can I learn more about the California 2020 Ballot Propositions
Use the Official Voter Information Guide to learn more about the propositions on the ballot this year.
What if I miss the deadline? Can I still Vote?
Yes, you can register on California’s Election Day. If you are registering or re-registering less than 15 days before an election you will need to complete the Same-Day Voter Registration process and request your ballot in person at your county elections office or polling location. For more information on voter registration and voting locations, contact your local county elections official.
Should I register to vote in my home county or where I reside in San Luis Obispo County?
You can decide. If you want to participate in the decisions for the community where you are from, or intend to return there soon, you can register to vote absentee. If you are interested to participate in the issues where you live while going to school, you can register to vote in SLO County.
Where is my polling place if I'm registered in San Luis Obispo County?
This year, because of the Voter's Choice Act every registered voter in participating counties will be delivered a ballot 28 days before Election Day.
You may also drop off your ballot at one of SLO County's Voter Service Centers
Who Can Register to Vote in California?
To register to vote in California, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of California
- Be at least 18 years old, or turning 18 by the election
- Not have been declared “non-compos mentis” or “mentally incompetent” by a court of law
- Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
You must register to vote at least 15 days before the election you wish to vote in, or you can register during the early voting period or on Election Day.
Tracking Your Ballot
You can track your ballot every the step of the way by registering here.
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can use this online registration application to pre-register to vote.
Voting Rights Restoration
California does restore the right to vote upon completion of sentence, including parole. If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Cuesta College Student Life & Leadership - San Luis Obispo, Building 5300, in the Student Center
Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm Friday 9am - 3pm (hours subject to change)
email@example.com, Phone: (805)546-3289/Fax: (805)546-3105