Elections - Registrar of Voters

This is the Elections page of the Clerk-Registrar of Voters and provides information to Siskyou County Residents regarding the election process, results and voter registration.

The following web accordion will provide you with answers to your election questions and get you to current information.


Election Information

The County Clerk/Registrar of Voters Office has no legal authority nor training to conduct fraud investigations into alleged election/ candidate/voter fraud. However, the Registrar of Voters Office will provide a complainant with the Secretary of State's Election Voter Complaint Form, and/or refer the complainant directly to the State Fraud and Investigations Unit, (916) 657-2166 or 1-800-345-VOTE.

It is the Registrar of Voters' policy that any written complaints sent directly to the their officeffice will be forwarded to the Secretary of State Fraud Division. The Registrar of Voters will notify complainant, either verbally or in writing, that the complaint has been forwarded to the State and provide state contact information to the complainant. If the complainant is unwilling/unable to put the complaint in writing, the person will be referred directly to the Secretary of State Fraud Division to talk with an investigator and/or file a complaint via telephone. To contact the Fraud and Investigations Unit, call (916) 657-2166 or to lodge a recorded complaint, call 1-800-345-VOTE

When you register to vote, you can choose to register with a political party or choose not to be registered with a political party. If you choose not to register with a political party, you are referred to as a "No Party Preference (NPP) voter".  As of December 2015, there are six qualified political parties in the State of California:  Democratic Party, Republican Party, American Independent Party, Libertarian Party, Green Party and Peace and Freedom Party.

Requirements to Register to Vote

A person entitled to register to vote must be a United States citizen, a resident of California, not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and at least 18 years of age at the time of the election.  A person may preregister to vote if he or she is a United States citizen, a resident of California, not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and at least 16 years of age.

How Do I Register to Vote?

You may register by completing a registration-by-mail form. Forms are available throughout Siskiyou County at city halls, libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles, public assistance offices, post offices, and the Social Security office.

Voter information and/or registration forms can be obtained at the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters' office. Registration-by-mail forms may be requested during regular business hours by calling at (530) 842-8086. You can also register to vote on-line through the California Secretary of State.

When Do I Register to Vote?

You must register to vote at least 15 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election.

When Do I Have to Re-register to Vote?

 If you have permanently moved to a different address, changed your name, or wish to change your political party affiliation you must re-register to vote. The deadline to re-register is 15 days before the next election.

Under specific conditions, Siskiyou County voter registration information is available for purchase. You are required to complete a written application and submit it to the Siskiyou County Clerk/Registrar of Voters Office, along with a photocopy of valid photo identification and the fee. The file will be provided on CD in txt format, which can be converted to Excel format. Included on the CD is a list of precincts, file format and code tables. The CD consists of active voters, their addresses, political party affiliation, precinct information and vote history. Typical turnaround time for the CD is one to two weeks. Fee: $16.00

Interested in Running for Office? For local offices, take a look at the Candidate Guidebook that is posted with the most current election. For State Offices, refer to the information available on the CA Secretary of State’s website:

In addition, you may have campaign finance reporting requirements to comply with. See the California Fair Political Practices website for more information:

Information on your voter registration affidavit will be used by elections officials to send you official information on the voting process, such as the location of your polling place and the issues and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is amisdemeanor. Voter information may be provided to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee, or other persons for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. Driver's license and social security numbers, or your signature as shown on your voterregistration card, cannot be released for these purposes. If you have any questions about the use of voter information or wish to report suspected misuse of such information, please call the Secretary of State's Voter Protection and Assistance Hotline.

Certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, please contact the Secretary of State's Safe At Home program or visit the Secretary of State's website.

If you prefer to vote by mail and have your ballot mailed to you prior to each election, there are several ways available to you to apply for vote-by-mail ballots:

  1. Initial Box #15 on your vote registration card.
  2. Complete and mail in the Application for Vote-By-Mail Ballot located on the back cover of your sample ballot that you will receive approximately one month prior to each election.
  3. You can write to the County Clerk's Office, 510 N. Main Street, Yreka, CA 96097, and ask to receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Your written request must include your name, residence address, and your signature. 
  4. Prior to each election, an Application for Vote-By-Mail Ballot will be posted on this website, under the specific election date. You can complete this application and mail it to the County Clerk's Office.

Elections Resource Center

E.g., 06/27/2016
Resource Title Election Date Downloadable File(s)
November 8, 2016 - Key Dates 11/08/2016 PDF icon ELE-20161108_KeyDates.pdf
Argument True & Correct Form 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE_20160607_ArgumentTrueCorrect.pdf
Candidate Guidbook - June 7, 2016 Election 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_CandidateGuidebook.pdf
Do You Want to Vote for President on June 7? 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_WantToVoteForPresident.pdf
Election Observer Panel Invitation Letter 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_ObserverPanelInvite_06072016.pdf
Election Observer Plan Procedure 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_ObserverPanel.pdf
June 7, 2016 Measure S Argument For 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_MeasureS_ArgumentInFavor.pdf
June 7, 2016 - Candidate List, Local Offices 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160317_CandidateListLocalOffices_Updated3-17.pdf
June 7, 2016 - Forget to Sign Your Ballot Envelope? 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_UnsignedBallotStatement.pdf
June 7, 2016 - Poll Worker Guidebook 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE_20160607_PollworkerGuide20160520.pdf
June 7, 2016 - Request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_ApplicationForVoteByMailBallot.pdf
June 7, 2016 - Request for a Replacement Ballot 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_RequestForSecondBallot.pdf
June 7, 2016 Measure S Impartial Analysis 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_MeasureS_ImpartialAnalysis.pdf
June 7, 2016 Measure T Argument For 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_MeasureT_ArgumentInFavor.pdf
June 7, 2016 Measure T Impartial Analysis 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_MeasureT_ImpartialAnalysis.pdf
June 7, 2016 Measure U Argument For 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_MeasureU_ArgumentInFavor.pdf
June 7, 2016 Measure U Impartial Analysis 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_MeasureU_ImpartialAnalysis.pdf
Measure Q - Hornbrook Fire Resolution & NOE 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_HornbrookFPD_MeasureQ_NOE.pdf
Measure Q - Hornbrook FPD Impartial Analysis 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_MeasureQImpartialAnalysis.pdf
Measure Q - HornbrookFPD_Resolution 06/07/2016 PDF icon ELE-20160607_MeasureQ_Resolution.pdf