Voter & Election Information

Important Dates & Information

  • The last day to register to vote for the November 5, 2024 General Election is October 21, 2024.
  • All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 5, 2024 General Election.
  • Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by October 7, 2024.
  • Ballot drop-off locations open on October 8, 2024.
  • Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned either by mail, at a drop-off location, or your county elections office.
  • Vote centers open for early in-person voting in all Voter’s Choice Act counties beginning on October 26, 2024.
  • Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by November 12, 2024.


The city of Palm Desert has adopted a map (Map 109) that will split the city into five districts. That means this November 5th residents in Districts 1, 2 and 3 will have the historic opportunity to elect someone to the City Council from their own neighborhood. Find My District

Map 109

Map 109

Part-time Residents

I own a second home in Palm Desert. Can I vote in the upcoming election?

A citizen may vote in elections in which he or she resides. California Elections Code Section 349 defines "Residence" for voting purposes as a person's domicile. A domicile of a person is that place in which his or her habitation is fixed, wherein the person has the intention of remaining, and to which, whenever he or she is absent, the person has the intention of returning. At a given time, a person may only have one domicile.

Register to Vote

  • The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election.
  • If this deadline has passed:
    • You can submit an application and it will be processed for future elections.
    • You have the opportunity to “conditionally” register to vote provisionally at your local county elections office. Contact your local county elections official for more information or visit Conditional Voter Registration.
  • To register online you will need:
    • Your California driver license or California identification card number.
    • The last four digits of your social security number.
    • Your date of birth.
  • Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.
  • If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.
  • If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can use this online registration application to pre-register to vote.
  • Check to see if you're registered.