The State of California makes it easy to register to vote online at rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote. The system will search the DMV database for your California driver license or ID card, date of birth and last four digits of your Social Security Number.
While registering to vote, you will be asked if you want to disclose a political party preference, which currently includes: American Independent, Americans Elect, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom, Republican and "Other." Or you can indicate that you prefer not to disclose your preference.
While registering, you can also choose a permanent vote by mail ballot, which is a nice feature that I've used for years.
The Ventura County Clerk and Recorder Elections Division will contact you when the registration is approved or if additional information is needed.
You can also use the online registration to re-register when you 1) move to a new permanent residence; 2) change your name; or 3) want to change your political party preference.
All U.S. citizen residents of California age 18 or older on Election Day are eligible to vote, unless you are found to be mentally incompetent by a court or are in jail, prison or on parole for certain felonies (described in more detail at this link).
You can also register to vote the old fashioned way by picking up a paper voter registration application at the Ventura County elections office, library, DMV or post office. More info at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.
Can you vote online? Nope. You'd think that we'd have figured out a way to do that by now, but the State indicates "For security reasons, California law prohibits casting a ballot over the Internet. This also means that county elections officials cannot accept marked ballots sent via email from military and overseas voters." (who may only vote by mail or fax).
To vote for the November 4th Gubernatorial General Election you must have been registered by October 15, 2014!
Here in Ventura County, as of July 29, 2014 there are 429,628 registered voters, including 164,099 Democrats, 150,240 Republicans, 91,527 Non-Partisans, 23,762 Other Parties. (Note: As of 10/29/14, the tally is 433,324 registered voters, including 169,866 Democrats, 148,156 Republicans, 91,624 non-partisans, and 23,628 Other Parties.)
Sadly, but not surprisingly, only 24.19% of those registered cast votes in the June 2014 Primary Election. That's terrible! Four years ago, 35.43% of registered voters voted in the Primary Election. Exercise your right to vote! Learn more about Ventura County elections on the Ventura County Registrar of Voters website at recorder.countyofventura.org/elections.