Confidential Voter Registration

When life threatening circumstances exist, Section 2166 and 2166.5 of the California Elections Code provides for confidential voter registration. Contact our Confidential Voter Registration specialist directly at 714-567-7568 for assistance. Details of the program as set forth in California law are as follows:

2166. Confidential registration upon order of superior court.

(a) Any person filing with the county elections official a new affidavit of registration or reregistration may have the information relating to his or her residence address and telephone number appearing on the affidavit, or any list or roster or index prepared therefrom, declared confidential upon ORDER OF A SUPERIOR COURT issued upon a showing of good cause that a life threatening circumstance exists to the voter or a member of the voter’s household, and naming the county elections official as a party.

(b) Any person granted confidentiality under subdivision (a) shall:

(1) Be considered an absent voter for all subsequent elections or until the county elections official is notified otherwise by the court or in writing by the voter. A voter requesting termination of absent voter status thereby consents to placement of his or her residence address and telephone number in the roster of voters.

(2) In addition to the required residence address, provide a valid mailing address to be used in place of the residence address for election, scholarly, or political research, and government purposes. The elections official, in producing any list, roster, or index may, at his or her choice, use the valid mailing address or the word "confidential" or some similar designation in place of the residence address.

(c) No action in negligence may be maintained against any government entity or officer or employee thereof as a result of disclosure of the information which is the subject of this section unless by a showing of gross negligence or willfulness.

2166.5. Confidential registration.

(a) Any person filing with the county elections official a new affidavit of registration or reregistration may have the information relating to his or her residence address and telephone number appearing on the affidavit, or any list or roster or index prepared therefrom, declared confidential upon presentation of certification that the person is a participant in the Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence program pursuant to Chapter 3.1 (commencing with Section 6205) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(b) Any person granted confidentiality under subdivision (a) shall:

(1) Be considered an absent voter for all subsequent elections or until the county elections official is notified otherwise by the Secretary of State or in writing by the voter.  A voter requesting termination of absent voter status thereby consents to placement of his or her residence address and telephone number in the roster of voters.

(2) In addition to the required residence address, provide a valid mailing address to be used in place of the residence address for election, scholarly, or political research, and government purposes.  The elections official, in producing any list, roster, or index may, at his or her choice, use the valid mailing address or the word "confidential" or some similar designation in place of the residence address.

(c) No action in negligence may be maintained against any government entity or officer or employee thereof as a result of disclosure of the information that is subject of this section unless by a showing of gross negligence or willfulness.

(d) Subdivisions (a) and (b) shall not apply to any person granted confidentiality upon receipt by the county elections official of a written notice by the address confidentiality program manager of the withdrawal, invalidation, expiration, or termination of the program participant's certification.

(e) The section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2005, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2005, deletes or extends that date.