Confidential Voter Registration

The voter registration file is not available to the general public; however, certain information is available to qualified applicants for political, election-specific, journalistic, scholarly, or governmental purposes. By becoming a confidential voter, all of the voter's information is kept private and is not available to others for any purposes

There are three methods that all information in a voter's record be declared confidential. All require voter action to qualify. County elections offices do not have the authority to grant confidential voter status.

"Safe at Home" Address Confidentiality Program

To register as a confidential voter, voters may present certification that they are a participant in the Safe at Home address confidentiality program administered by the California Secretary of State. This program is also known as the "Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program." This also includes employees, providers, and others associated with reproductive health care facilities. Executive Order N-80-20 now makes the program available to Local Health Officers and other public health officials.  For more information about eligibility in the program, please go to the Secretary of State's Safe At Home webpage.

Public Safety Officers

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved the option for Public Safety Officers to register as confidential voters. Status as a confidential voter under this provision must be renewed every two years. Under State law, a Public Safety Officer may apply through the Yolo County Elections Office. For more information, please contact the elections office at (530) 666-8133 or email at [email protected]. Public Safety Officers are defined as:

  • A peace officer or a person who may exercise the power of arrest during the course of their employment.
  • An attorney employed by the Department of Justice, the State Public Defender, or a county office of the district attorney or public defender, the US Attorney or the Federal Public Defender
  • A city attorney or an attorney who represents cities in criminal matters.
  • An employee of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation who supervises inmates or is required to have a prisoner in his or her care or custody
  • State and federal judges and court commissioners.

Court-Ordered

Upon order of a superior court, a voter may apply for confidential voter registration status. The voter must file with the superior court and show good cause that a life-threatening circumstance exists to the voter or a member of the voter's household. For more information, please contact the elections office at (530) 666-8133 or email at [email protected].