Voter Registration Information
Azusa Pacific University encourages students to register to vote and make their voices heard by participating in the election process. Doing so is an important part of your rights and responsibilities as an informed and engaged citizen.
The information below will assist you in registering to vote either in California or as a resident of your home state. As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you consider home—whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room.
Who Can Vote in California?
The following information is a brief summary, but please consult the resources below for more details.
All registered voters can vote in a primary or general election.
You may register to vote in California if you meet the following criteria:
- You are a United States citizen.
- You are residing in California.
- You are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election).
- You are not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony.
- You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote.
Online Voter Registration Resources
National Mail Voter Registration Form
The National Mail Voter Registration Form can be used to register U.S. citizens to vote, update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address, or register with a political party.
Important: You must follow the state-specific instructions listed for your state, beginning on page 3 and listed alphabetically by state. After filling out this form, print it out, sign your name where indicated, and send it to your state or local election office for processing. Be sure to mail it in an envelope with the proper amount of postage.
The national form also contains voter registration rules and regulations for each state and territory. For more information about registering to vote, contact your state election office. Read our FAQs about moving and registering to vote and using the National Mail Voter Registration Form.
Voter Registration Deadlines
- Federal Elections Voter Registration Deadlines by State
- California State Elections Voter Registration Deadline
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 was passed by the United States Congress to make sweeping reforms to the nation’s voting process. HAVA addresses improvements to voting systems and voter access that were identified following the 2000 election. Read the Help America Vote Act of 2002 and learn more about HAVA on the Department of Justice website.
- Non-Partisan Student Voter Information
- Upcoming California Election Information
- California Election and Voter Information
- U.S. Election Assistance Committee
Voter Registration Disclosure
Voter registration forms made widely available and provided to each enrolled student HEOA Sec. 493(a)(1) amended HEA Sec. 487(a)(23) (20 U.S.C. 1094(a)(23)): added HEA Sec. 487(a)(23)(D) HEOA amendment effective August 14, 2008
These FAQs have been adapted from the Best Colleges.
How do I vote if I’m studying abroad?
Usa.gov is a great resource for anyone needing to vote overseas. Essentially, the registered voter would obtain an absentee ballot. If you are a California living away from home while attending college, trade school, or technical school, or a voter living temporarily outside the United States, please see College Students and Voters Living Abroad.
What address should I use to register if I live on campus?
As an on-campus resident, you will want to use your campus mailing address.
First and Last Name
PO Box 9521 Unit#____
Azusa, CA 91702
Where do I vote on Election Day?
Your polling place should be disclosed to you once you register. However, if you’re still not sure about your local polling place, view the Elections and Voter Information provided by the Secretary of State.
Will where I register to vote affect my scholarships?
If you receive scholarship money, please confirm that residency in a particular place is not a requirement of the scholarship and/or that voter registration will not affect your eligibility. APU cannot advise you on where your legal place of residence is.
Will where I register to vote affect my financial aid?
Federal financial aid, including Pell Grants, Perkins and Stafford Loans, Academic Competitive Grants, SMART Grants, and other federal loans generally are not impacted by your place of residence within the United States. Some private scholarships and grants are designated for residents of a particular place, so it is good to check with the administrator of the program to see how they determine residency.
Will where I register to vote affect my in-state or out-of-state tuition status?
A student’s tuition status can depend on where they are a resident. So yes, where a student resides can affect in-state or out-of-state tuition status.
Other Issues to Consider
Where you reside can have an impact on many things, including your taxes, health insurance, identification, and other matters. APU cannot advise you on the outcome, so please check into these matters before you take steps to change your place of residence.
Will I need to register for a new driver’s license if I register to vote in a new state?
If your current address does not match your driver’s license, you can register to vote at your new address and the ID and proof of residency requirements with your Secretary of State’s office. You may need to get a new driver’s license.