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County of Kern Elections Division
Registrar of Voters

Mary B. Bedard, CPA
1115 Truxtun Avenue, 1st Floor Bakersfield, CA 93301-4639
Regular Office Hours 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mon-Fri
(661) 868-3590 or 1-800-452-8683 Fax # (661) 868-3768
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REGISTERING TO VOTE
 
Any person who receives money or other valuable considerations for helping others in registering to vote should sign a personal sworn statement and attach it to the telephone number of the person or organization that is paying. Secondly, the law requires persons or organizations that provide such payments to keep a list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of each individual that works for them. (Sec. 2159)
  1. All registrations shall be returned by mail within three (3) days to the Elections Office. (Sec. 18103)
  2. It is illegal and punishable by jail to change or deface any entry on any Registration Form executed or partially executed. (Sec. 18106)
  3. While you may be an employee for a specific party, it is illegal to deny a voter registration card to any person. (Sec. 2158(b)(2))
  4. Registrations that are not used shall be returned, as soon as the plan of distribution is completed, to the Elections Office. (Sec. 2139)

WHO CAN REGISTER TO VOTE IN CALIFORNIA?

Anyone can register to vote if the person:

  1. Is a citizen of the United States
  2. Is a resident of California
  3. Will be 18 years old by the next election.
  4. Not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post release community supervision (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison.)
  5. Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent.

WHERE DO I REGISTER?

Registration forms for voters are available in several places throughout Kern County such as in Fire Stations, Postal Offices, DMV, and Public Libraries or you may request one by mail by contacting

the Kern County Elections Office at:
(661) 868-3590 or 1-800-452-8683   Fax # (661) 868-3768 .


WHEN IS IT NECESSARY TO REGISTER AGAIN?
  1. When you change your address
  2. When you change your name
  3. Whenever you want to change your political party

IF I AM A NEW RESIDENT OF CALIFORNIA, HOW LONG MUST I WAIT IN ORDER TO REGISTER?

There is no waiting time. As soon as you become a resident of California you can register to vote. You are eligible to vote in any election after 15 days from the date you registered.


IS IT NECESSARY TO BELONG TO A POLITICAL PARTY?

If you do not wish to belong to any political party, mark 'I Decline to State a Political Party'.

If you wish to belong to a party that is not on the list, mark 'Other' and print the name of the qualified political party of your preference on the blank line.


WHERE DO I VOTE?

Approximately two weeks before the elections you will receive a sample ballot. The polling place will be noted on the back side of the sample ballot. Your polling place may not always be at the same location. Please check on the back side of your sample ballot each election.



HELP FOR NEW VOTERS

Now that you have registered to vote, it is natural for you to have questions. Hopefully, these answers will help you.

What will happen now?

  1. In four or six weeks, you will receive a Voter Notification card. The Elections Office now has your registration card on file and requests that you check the information to be sure that it is correct.
  2. Between forty and twenty-one days before the election, the Elections Office will send you a Sample Ballot Pamphlet that will contain the information about the candidates and ballot measures on which you will vote. The address of the polling place will be shown on the mailing label of the sample ballot pamphlet back cover.
  3. You can learn about the candidates and ballot measures by reading the newspapers, attending community and political meetings; watching and listening to commercials and news programs on television and radio. Ask questions! Call the League of Women Voters, Central Committees and your elected officials for information. Their phone numbers are listed in the phone book.
  4. When you have read the sample ballot carefully and you feel that you are informed on each issue and candidate, mark your sample ballot. Take the sample ballot with you into the voting booth on election day to save time.

STATEMENT OF PERMISSIBLE USES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
  1. Information on your voter registration affidavit will be used by elections officials to send you official information on the voting process, such as the location of your polling place and the issues and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is a misdemeanor. Voter information may be provided to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee, or other persons for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of the State. Driver's license and social security numbers, or your signature as shown on your voter registration card, cannot be released for these purposes. If you have any questions about the use of voter information or wish to report suspected misuse of such information, please call the Secretary of State's Voter Protection and Assistance Hotline. 1-800-345-VOTE (8683)
  2. Certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, please contact Secretary of State's Safe At Home program or visit the Secretary of State's Web site.


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