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Have you registered?
Our TurboVote platform makes it easy to register from your phone or computer. All you need to do is input a few personal details (your name and address).
How do I register to vote using TurboVote?
Go to USC Turbovote’s website, click get started, and fill out your information.
If you live in USC housing, use the “select a campus address” feature. Otherwise, fill out your mailing address. You will be redirected to the CA/your state’s SoS website to fill out the necessary registration forms.
Can I register online?
Depends on your state. Some states offer a full online registration, while others require you to mail in your completed form with your details to the Secretary of State office. You can find out what your state requires using our TurboVote site.
How do I vote on campus?
If you registered to vote at your College address or anywhere in LA County, then you are eligible to vote on campus at Ground Zero on 2/28 through 3/3 from 7AM to 6PM pST for the March Primary. Information for the November General Election will be available in early Fall 2020.
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Can I register in California as an out-of-state student?
Yes, you can! If you've never registered before, you can simply register using your local address (if you live on campus, you can use your dorm address). If you have previously registered using an out-of-state address, you can register in California as long as you update your registration with your home state as well.
When should I re-register & update my registration
You should re-register or update your registration whenever you move or change mailing address (this includes moving between on-campus dorms or off-campus residences), change political affiliation, or change your name.
Will my voting location or status affect my financial aid?
No, it will not.
Do I need to register with a party?
No, you do not. However, certain primaries (depending on your state) may be open to only voters registered as party members are allowed to vote on the candidates that will proceed to the general election.
Note: In the state of California, there is an option to register as an 'American Independent' which is a political party rather than registering as an 'Independent'. To register as an independent, simply check no party preference
How do I request an absentee/ mail-in ballot?
The process and eligibility requirements differ significantly by state. usa.gov/adsentee-voting can point you in the right direction.
What date do I need to register by?
This also depends on your state. Typically, you need to register between 6-8 weeks before election day in order to be eligible to vote, but some states (including California in 2020 at vote centers) will allow same-day voter registration. To find out what your state's deadline is, go to your Secretary of State's website.
Why should I vote?
Voting is your chance to have a say in the direction of your community, state, and country elections. Primaries allow you to determine which candidates end up on the ballot in the general election.
Who is eligible to vote?
US Citizens over the age of 18 (and some who are 17, depending on the state) are eligible to vote in the state in which they claim residency.