Conditional Voter Registration

Voter dropping a provisional ballot envelope into a red ballot box at a polling place


If you live in San Francisco and did not register to vote before the registration deadline, you may come to the Department of Elections during the two weeks prior to Election Day or on Election Day, to conditionally register and vote a provisional ballot. You cannot register or vote at a different polling place.

After you complete a Voter Registration Application, you will receive a provisional ballot. The Department will verify your eligibility. Once your registration is processed, the Department will confirm that you have not cast another ballot in the election and then count your provisional ballot. You may check the status of your provisional ballot using the Provisional Ballot Status Lookup tool.

Conditional Voter Registration was enacted in 2012. It went into effect on January 1, 2017, as a result of the certification of California’s statewide voter registration database, VoteCal, on September 26, 2016.

For more information, view the text of the Legislative Counsel's Digest of the Assembly Bill or California Elections Code Sections 2170 - 2173.