Voting in Palm Springs Elections: Voter Registration FAQs

Voting in Palm Springs Elections: Voter Registration FAQs

We Love Palm Springs wants to encourage all eligible citizens in Palm Springs to participate in the upcoming elections. The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is May 21, 2018.

We want to make sure citizens are aware of and comply with applicable voter registration requirements, including that they register to vote where they are “domiciled.” Below are some key FAQs to help you make sure you are registering and voting in compliance with the California Elections Code, and we provide links to assist you with verifying your current voter registration status and for making any necessary changes.

We also encourage you to register to vote if you are eligible to do so and are not already registered.

Check your voter registration status in Riverside County here:

https://www.voteinfo.net/AmIRegistered


Register to vote or change your voter registration here:

http://registertovote.ca.gov


Q: Who can vote in Palm Springs elections?

A: If you are a resident of the City of Palm Springs, and you are otherwise qualified to vote[1], you are eligible to vote in Palm Springs elections. Residence, for voting purposes, is a person’s “domicile” (see below)[2].

If your “domicile” is not in the City of Palm Springs, you may not vote in Palm Springs elections even if you own property in Palm Springs (such as a business property, a vacation home, a rental property, or a residence that is not your domicile). Your “home address” on your voter registration application should thus be the address of your domicile.


Q: What is my “domicile?”

A: For most people, it’s an easy determination – in plain language, their domicile is their primary, permanent residence.[3] At any given time, a person may only have one domicile.

Your domicile is typically where your family lives, where you physically reside, the place you intend to return to whenever you are gone from it, where your driver’s license says where you reside, and where you claim your homeowner’s property tax exemption or renter’s tax credit. (Elections Code § 349, 2020-2035.) Generally, where you do business does not establish the place of your domicile.


Q: What if I have more than one residence?

A: In this type of situation, the decision as to where you register and vote is up to you, but you must choose one. As discussed above, at any given time, a person may only have one domicile for voter registration purposes. See above for the definition of “domicile.”


If you have other questions about registering to vote, we encourage you to contact the Riverside County Registrar of Voters at (951) 486-7200.

You may also contact the City of Palm Springs’s elections official, Anthony J. Mejia, City Clerk. He and his staff can be reached at (760) 323-8206 or anthony.mejia@palmspringsca.gov

Information about the June 5, 2018 Special Municipal Election on Measure C can be found on the City’s website at: www.palmspringsca.gov/government/election-info


[1] See, e.g., Elections Code §§ 321, 2000, 2101.

[2] See Elections Code § 349.

[3] Please refer to the Elections Code for special situations such as students, people who reside in campers or vehicles, etc.

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