How to vote for Bernie Sanders in California

California has semi-closed primaries

Californians must register as democrat or 'No Party Preference' to vote for Bernie!

How to participate in California primaries:

Register By

May 23 (Monday)

Register as a democrat or undeclared by: May 23, 2016

Primary On

June 7 (Tuesday)

California Primary: June 7, 2016

California Voter Information

Get Registered

California has semi-closed primaries — Californians must register as democrat or 'No Party Preference' to vote for Bernie!

Register as a democrat or undeclared now!

You must be registered by May 23, 2016.

Not sure if you are registered, or what you're registered as? Check your current registration status online.

Go Vote!

Polls will be open from 7AM-8PM

Find your polling place here.


California allows “No Party Preference” voters to vote in the Democratic primary, but that is different from “Independent” – Ensure you are registered either as a Democrat, “No Party Preference”, “Undeclared”, “Unaffiliated”, or some variation thereof.

When voting, be sure to ask for the Democratic ballot if you want to vote for Bernie!

If you are a permanent vote-by-mail (absentee) voter, you should soon be receiving a postcard to verify the ballot you wish to use for voting. Choose ‘Democratic Party’ if you want to vote for Bernie.


If you do not receive a postcard, you may visit your county elections office or the polling place to request a cross-over Democratic ballot.

Id Requirement

Bring your ID JUST IN CASE (especially if you registered online).

Voter Workplace Protection

Voters may take time off at the beginning or end of a shift to allow for sufficient time to vote, with up to two hours of that time being with pay.

Early Voting

Vote Early in California! Californians can vote in-person before election day! If you'll be out of town on June 7 or simply find it more convenient, vote early!

Early voting in California begins May 9 and ends on June 6.

You can request a mail-in absentee ballot by submitting this form before May 31, 2016.

Contact your county elections office to learn more about early voting in your county.

College Students

If you are a college student not living in your home state, you can vote for Bernie in either your home state or in the state in which you are attending school!

Military/Overseas Voters

If you are a Military Voter or a US Citizen living abroad, you are able to request a ballot here to vote for Bernie.

More Information

If you have any questions about voting in California you may contact your state official elections office or Democratic party.

Find local Bernie supporters and get help from /r/CaliforniaForSanders

Will you help Bernie win?

"I've said it since day one: I can't do it alone." - Bernie Sanders

This grassroots campaign depends on grassroots support like you! There are many opportunities to help out Bernie's campaign right now, and if you want more, sign up as a volunteer with the official campaign.

Many of us don't have much time for volunteer work, and if you're not able to volunteer but still want Bernie to win:

Donate to the Bernie Sanders Campaign

Phone Bank for Bernie

Phonebanking is the single most important thing you can do for the campaign besides voting. Primaries are here, and we need to be calling people and letting them know about how to vote in their state. Don't be scared! I hear from many people that it's daunting to call strangers on the phone, but you will have a script to read and the typical call length is very short.

Start Phonebanking for Bernie!

Attend or host a local event

Phone Banking, Canvassing, Voter Registration Drives, Carpools -- these are just a few of the volunteer-hosted events popping up around the nation in support of Bernie Sanders, and some probably in your city!

Find a local event to attend

If you can't find any events nearby, you should host your own — I've done it several times and it's been a great experience meeting local Bernie supporters!