5 things to know about voting in California

The Associated PressJuly 10, 2014 

— A look at the basic rules of voting in California:

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN CALIFORNIA

You must be a U.S. citizen; a resident of the state; at least 18 years old as of the day of the election; not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction; not declared mentally incompetent by a court.

WHAT IS THE STATE LAW FOR MENTAL COMPETENCE AND VOTING?

The law reads, in part, that a person is "deemed mentally incompetent, and therefore disqualified from voting, if ... the court finds that the person is not capable of completing an affidavit of voter registration."

CAN YOU BE ASSISTED CASTING A BALLOT?

A voter has the right to receive assistance when casting a ballot.

HOW MANY LANGUAGES ARE USED BY LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO PRODUCE ELECTION MATERIALS?

Ten: English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Hindi, Tagalog and Khmer.

HOW MANY REGISTERED VOTERS ARE IN CALIFORNIA?

As of May 19, California had 17.7 million registered voters.

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