Election 2014: A Guide to Voting

Find out where you can vote, and the deadlines you need to meet

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California voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the state's general election, which will decide races for state, county and local offices and several statewide measures.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4. If you’re in line before 8 p.m. you are eligible to vote.

Here are some other guidelines for voting in Southern California:

Make sure you are registered to vote in the state of California. You can check your registration status by contacting the appropriate election official, listed here.

The deadline to register or re-register to vote was Oct. 20 for the upcoming state election. More information on what you need to register for the next election can be found here.

Find your polling place. If you have your county sample ballot booklet, which is sent a few weeks before election day, look for the address of your polling place on the back cover. You can also find your polling place by location using the links below:

When you arrive at your polling place, the voting system you use will vary depending on the county. San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties use a direct electronic system called Sequoia, which you can familiarize yourself with here. Los Angeles County uses InkaVote and Orange County uses Hart Intercivic.

Voting by mail. The deadline for vote-by-mail ballot applications  was Oct. 28. Once you've applied, use the packet sent to you to vote, insert the ballot in the provided envelope, and either mail it to your county elections official (see above) or turn it in by hand to a polling place or elections office.

Ballots must be received by the time polls close on election day to be counted, so make sure to allow time if sending it in by mail.

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