Elections and Voting

Elections and Voting

Yard signs, Your Vote Matters and Get the Facts Before You Vote

Election Day is November 3, 2020! 

Vote Safely! VOTE EARLY!    

Election Volunteers Needed!
School Voter Education Activities

For a printable, shareable PDF version of the Voter Resources information, see:
LWVDV Voter Resources Links
LWVDV Voter Resources Links (Spanish)

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Register to Vote

  • Are you a first-time CA voterClick here to register to vote in California.
  • Do you want to change your party, your address, your name? You must re­-register here.
  • Are you an active voter? Be sure! Click here to chek your voter status.
  • Are you age 16 or 17?  Pre-register here. Watch the Pre-registration info video.
  • See information about registering to vote in California: deadlines, requirements, how to register, political parties, registration drives, living overseas, etc.
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Vote by Mail

All registered voters in California will receive a mail-in ballot for the November 3rd Election, due to Covid-19, per CA Assembly Bill 860 being signed into law.

  • The County will mail ballots, including “I Voted” stickers, on October 5.
  • If you have not received your ballot by October 19, call 925-335-7800 or email ballot [at] vote.cccounty.us to have ballot reissued.
  • Sign up ASAP to find the status of your ballot at Track My Ballot

How to vote by mail:
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Vote Early!

Voting early means your mail in ballot will be counted sooner!

  • National Vote Early Day is October 24. Vote Early Day is a movement of nonprofits, businesses, election administrators, and others working to ensure all Americans know their options to vote early.
  • Early in-poll voting begins at regional County sites on October 30.

Completing your ballot

  • Complete ballot in blue or black ink.
  • Made a mistake marking your ballot? Re-mark the ballot in a way that makes your intent clear.
  • For physically damaged or lost ballots: call 925-335-7800 or email: ballot [at] vote.cccounty.us  for replacement.
  • Place your marked ballot in the postage-paid return envelope and seal it
  • Sign the ballot envelope. Without a signature the ballot cannot be counted.
  • Mail EARLY via U.S. Postal Service or drop into any Contra Cost County Security Drop Box located across the county.
  • Once received, the County scans the envelope’s security barcode, and verifies the signature.

Voting in person

  • Need to vote in person? Safely prepared early voting sites and polling stations will be available and open throughout Contra Costa County. Many are outdoor tent stations.
  • Need a provisional ballot?
    If your name does not appear on the roster, you have the right to cast a provisional ballot.
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 Voter Resources 

Voters' Edge California:  Voter's Edge provides easy, unbiased information about candidates, propositions, and who is financing them. Enter your address and zip code to see the contests on your ballot and find information on candidates and ballot measures from the League and other nonpartisan sources.  (Click here to see the Voters' Edge PSA created by the California League.)

State Proposition Videos:

MapLight: MapLight is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics, informs and empowers voters, and advances reforms that promote a more responsive democracy. You can search to see which individuals and organizations are donating money to Candidates (state level and above--not local), and to state initiatives. MapLight provides Voter's Edge with information about money. Check out this valuable resource today!

Easy Voter GuideThe Easy Voter Guide provides unbiased, easy voter information about ballot measures, polling place locations, and Secure Drop Box locations. Information is available in 5 languages and will be available on September 4. 

Elections in California: Learn about preparing to vote, voting (in person, by mail, if you've moved), voting rights, take a friend to vote, results of past elections, and other useful information about California elections. 

A Guide to Voting in the 2020 Presidential Election: A handy one-page guide with key information about voting in the 2020 election, from the Future of California Elections organization. The Future of California Elections is a collaboration between election officials, civil rights organizations and election reform advocates to examine and address the unique challenges facing the State of California’s election system.

Election Information in 13 languages from Asian Americans Advancing Justice, California: The materials will help first-time voters, immigrant voters, and limited-English proficient voters exercise their right to vote on Election Day. They have instructions on how to register to vote, how to vote, how to access language assistance in the voting process, and how to handle problems encountered during Election Day, among other subjects.

Videos about voting:
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League Events and Resources

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Election Volunteers Needed!

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School Voter Education Activities

We provide assistance to schools and other institutions on voter registration and how to gather information before voting. Please contact the League at voter.services [at] lwvdv.org if you want us to work with your school or group.

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