Election Laws

California Elections Code books from different years displayed in a line

Following is a list of some federal, state, and local laws and standards that guide many programs and services administered by the Department of Elections.

Voter file maintenance is an ongoing process that ensures accuracy of the voter registration rolls. Various federal laws — the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — set the requirements for the voter file maintenance. California Elections Code (CAEC) builds upon federal requirements for voter file maintenance and mandates specific procedures for keeping voter records up to date. Following is an overview of the voter file maintenance performed by the Department of Elections.

Overview of Voter File Maintenance (PDF)