Register to Vote
Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?
- Click here to find out if you are registered in Contra Costa County
- Click here to register to vote in California
See information about registering to vote in California: deadlines, requirements, how to register, political parties, registration drives, living overseas, etc.
Voting How-To's and the Next Election
March 3 Primary Election
Voters who are registered No Party Preference (NPP) will not be able to vote for a Presidential candidate unless they take special steps. To vote for Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent Party candidates, the voter must request a replacement mail-in ballot for the correct party, or make the request at the polls (and turn in the incorrect mail-in ballot if one was received). To vote for Republican, Peace and Freedom, or Green Party candidates, the voter must re-register in the correct party to get the correct ballot either by mail or in person at the polls. Deadlines are January 6 for a replacement mail-in ballot, and February 17 to re-register (but an incorrect ballot may already have been mailed so your correct ballot may be delayed). Timelines will be tight to mail out replacement ballots so act now! For the full story and instructions on how to get the correct ballot, go to https://www.cocovote.us/registration-and-voting-options/voting-for-president-2020/
Local Measures on the March Primary Ballot (to see LWV Diablo Valley endorsements, see Action Alerts)
Marian Shostrom, Contra Costa Voter’s Edge Coordinator
The March 3, 2020 Primary will include national, state, and local contests, as well as a state school bond measure, and seven local measures. All LWV Diablo Valley members will vote on Measure J, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Sales Tax. Depending on where you live, you may also be voting on: Measure T, Antioch Unified School District School Facilities Improvement District No. 2; Measure L, Lafayette School District Parcel Tax; Measure M, Moraga School District Parcel Tax; Measure A, Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District Bond Measure; or Measure Y, a Town of Danville Ordinance to approve the Magee Preserve Project.
Many of you used Voter’s Edge California (VEC) to learn about state and local candidates and initiatives, and who was funding them in the 2018 election. VEC is a partnership between The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, and MapLight, https://maplight.org which provides financial information. Beginning in mid-January, look for information about candidates and measures to appear on the Voter’s Edge web site:
Voters' Edge California: Enter your address and zip code to see the contests on your ballot. Then click away and find information on candidates and ballot measures from the League and other nonpartisan sources. Archives of past elections available with election results.
MapLight: Defending Democracy
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! https://maplight.org
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, etc.
Easy Voter Guide
The Easy Voter Guide helps new voters and busy voters learn about how to vote and what will be on the ballot in statewide elections. It also helps people learn how to make change in their community.
Our School Voter Education Activities
We are providing assistance to schools and other institutions on voter registration and how to gather information before voting. Please contact the League at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want us to work with your school or group.