General Voter Eligibility Information
You are eligible to register to vote in California if you are:
- 18 years of age or older by election day, and
- A U.S. citizen, and
- A resident of California, and
- Not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, or not insane or have been held incompetent to stand trial.
How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
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.
You may request a Vote-by-Mail ballot beginning on the 29th day before an election one of the following ways:
- Print, complete and return a Vote-by-Mail Application.
- 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.
- Appear in person at the Clerk-Recorder office in San Luis Obispo or Atascadero.
- 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, and
- Request by phone. Only the registered voter may apply for a Vote-by-Mail ballot over the phone.
Address: 1055 Monterey St., Suite D120, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93408
Phone #: (805) 781-5228
Fax: (805) 781-1111
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.
Vote by Mail ballots cannot be requested over the telephone, as the voters signature is required.