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Election Information: Vote 2020

Resources for Elections and Government

Register to vote

Check to see if you are already registered to vote. 

 

If not, you can easily register to vote online.

 

The Safe, Accessible and Preferred Voting Option in 2020

Beginning with the November 3, 2020 General Election all registered voters will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot to ensure a safe and accessible voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mailing of Vote by Mail ballots in all elections begins 29 days prior to Election Day.

 

Ways to Vote

Vote by Mail

Request a vote-by-mail ballot by October 27, 2020.

Return by mail—must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020 and received by your county elections office no later than November 20, 2020.     

Return in person—to your county elections office or any polling place in your county before 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020.

 

Vote at the Polls on Election Day

Polls are open on Election Day: November 3, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The location of your polling place is printed on the back page of the county Voter Information Guide your county elections official mailed to you.

You can also find your polling place:

✆ By calling (800) 345-VOTE (8683)

 Online at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place

 By texting Vote to GOVOTE (468683)

Visit https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections for more information about voting information for the State of California.

Pledge to Vote

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Pledge to vote with Asian American Organizing Project
 
Pledge to Vote with Vote.org

Choosing a Political Party

Digital graphic Red, White, and Blue Citizens

Not sure what your political party is? Try this quiz.

Where do you fit in? Conservative? Liberal? In-between? Created by the Pew Research Center. 

Republican National Committee

Official Website of the Republican National Party. 

Logo Democratic National Party

Democratic National Party

Official Website of the Democratic National Party

Be an Informed Voter

California Voter Guide

 

Find My Ballot


Fact Checking Resources

 

FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

Check out PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter is to determine the relative accuracy of political and news statements.

Voting Requirements

You must be a U.S. citizen to vote in federal, state or local elections. 

Who Can Vote? You can vote in U.S. elections if you:

Are a U.S. citizen.

 

 

Meet your state’s residency requirements. 

You can be homeless and still meet these requirements. 

Are 18 years old on or before Election Day

In some states, you can register to vote before you turn 18 if you will be 18 by Election Day.

Are registered to vote by your state’s voter registration deadline. North Dakota does not require voter registration.

Who CAN’T Vote?

Non-citizens, including permanent legal residents

Some people with felony convictions. Rules vary by state. Check with your state elections office about the laws in your state.

Some people who are mentally incapacitated. Rules vary by state.

For President in the general election: U.S. citizens residing in U.S. territories

Check with your state or local election office for any questions about who can and cannot vote.

-"Who Can and Can't Vote in U.S. Elections"  usa.gov Last Updated: October 11, 2019

Not from California?

"I Live in One State but Go to School in Another. Where Do I Vote?"

You can be a resident of two states, but you can only vote in one. So if you're a college student who has a permanent address is in one state and lives in another to attend school, you can choose where you want to cast your vote. You'll need to check with your home state or the state your school is in for more details on registration requirements, how to register and, of course, how to vote. You can generally find this information through a state's Secretary of State website or the board of elections. Additionally, if you decide to vote in your home state but are living in another state, you'll probably need to vote absentee. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to receive — and return — your ballot through the mail. The same goes for changing registration: While a few states offer same-day voter registration, many have firm deadlines for registering new voters before an election.

-"A Guide to Voting as a College Student" Thoughtco.com

Electoral College

Election Countdown

 

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