Voter Information

Voter Eligibility

You are eligible to register to vote in California if you are:

  • 18 years of age or older by election day
  • Not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, or not insane or have been held incompetent to stand trial
  • A resident of California
  • A U.S. citizen

Voting Absentee

Voters who would like to vote at home either prior to or on the day of the election may request an absentee ballot. The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder is responsible for absentee ballot requests, as well as counting ballots. Read more information about voting absentee.

Requesting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot

You may request a Vote-by-Mail ballot beginning on the 29th day before an election one of the following ways:

  • Appear in person at the Clerk-Recorder office in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero:
    • San Luis Obispo Office:
      County of San Luis Obispo
      Clerk-Recorder
      Elections Division
      1055 Monterey Street
      Suite D120
      San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
      Phone: 805-781-5228
      Fax: 805-781-1111
      Email San Luis Obispo Elections
    • North County Office:
      County of San Luis Obispo
      Clerk-Recorder
      Elections Division
      5955 Capistrano Avenue
      Suite B
      Atascadero, CA 93422
      Phone: 805-461-6043
  • Print, complete and return a Vote-by-Mail Application (PDF).
  • Complete and return the Vote-by-Mail Application on the back cover of the sample ballot sent to each registered voter who is not a permanent Vote-by-Mail voter.
  • Submit a written request to the Clerk-Recorder's Office via mail, fax or email. The request must state the following:
    • Address to which the ballot should be sent
    • Residence Address
    • Voter's Name
    • Voter's signature
  • Request by phone by calling the Clerk-Recorder's office at 805-781-5228. Only registered voters may apply for a Vote-by-Mail ballot over the phone.

Vote-by-Mail ballots cannot be requested over the telephone if you are not already a registered voter, as the voter’s signature is required.

Request Deadline

Vote-by-Mail ballot requests must be received no later than 7 days prior to the election in order for the ballot to be mailed to the voter. 

After that date the voter must appear in the Office of the County Clerk-Recorder and complete an application indicating the reason they cannot appear at the polls on Election Day.