Voter & Election Resources
- All Californians registered to vote will receive their ballot BY MAIL with a prepaid postage return envelope so they can vote safely. Ballots will be sent to registered voters on October 5. Be sure your address is correct in your voter registration! If you don’t have a home address, you can still register to vote. Use the nearest cross streets to describe where you stay at night and be sure to provide a mailing address.
- There will also be safe in-person early voting and Election Day options. But if you opt for in-person voting, there will be NO NEIGHBORHOOD POLLING PLACES. Instead, you can vote at 100 in-person Vote Centers, 66 ballot drop boxes located throughout Alameda County or the Registrar of Voters’ Office at 1225 Fallon St., Oakland, Room G-1. The vote centers will be open from October 31 through Election Day. Hours are: 9-5 Sat., Sun., and Mon. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Election Day. Locations of the centers will be at www.acvote.org. Expect to stand in line.
- State election officials are also asking voters to sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?”, which notifies voters when their mail ballots are received and provides automatic updates on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot by text (SMS), email, or voice call. Learn more about ballot tracking in this video from CA Sec'y of State Alex Padilla.
Get Ready to Vote
- Verify your voter registration, update it, or register to vote NOW at registertovote.ca.gov. Call 800-345-VOTE (8683) to get a paper registration form.
- Make changes to your voter registration (ie "re-register") if you moved, changed your name, signature, or party preference, for example.
Consider adding your phone and email address, so that the Alameda County Registrar of
Voters or CA Sec'y of State: Voting and Elections can contact you in case of a problem with your ballot, to be sure it's counted!
- Sign up to track your ballot with Where's My Ballot?
- If the voter registration deadline of October 19 has passed, don't worry! You can still Register "Conditionally" and Vote "Provisionally" up until Election Day!
- Voter Registration FAQ?
- Have a criminal history? Learn about Reentry Voting Rights here or from the CA Sec'y of State.
- Check out CA Secretary of State's website for the Voter Bill of Rights as well as the ADA for information about voting rights for the disabled.
- Not yet 18 years old? You can pre-register to vote!
- Are you a military or overseas voter?
|9/24/20||County and State Voter Guides mailed to voters registered as of September 4.|
|10/5/20||Ballots mailed to registered voters.|
|10/19/20||Deadline to register to vote, but in-person provisional registration and voting available through Election Day! Learn more about conditional ballots in this video from the CA Sec'y of State Alex Padilla.|
|See more details on Key Dates for the November Election!|
What's On My Ballot?
Key in your address and zip code to see your ballot. Voter's Edge California provides unbiased, in-depth voting information on candidates, ballot measures, campaign funding info, including Spanish translation. Conozca la información antes de votar!
For statewide voter information for the upcoming election, check out the Easy Voter Guide! Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.
- Confused about Ranked Choice Voting?
- To learn which political districts you live in and who represents you, go to Who Represents Oakland.
Ballot Measure Pros & Cons
- Check out the California Secretary of State's website for detailed info on the ballot measures.
Ballot Recommendations from LWVO
Do Your Research
How should candidates and ballot measures be evaluated? Find out here!
- Review Local News Sources
- Helpful Websites to Visit during the Election
Tips for Completing Your Ballot
- Use the ballot return envelope with YOUR name on it. Voters who live in the same household need to make sure they sign their own ballot envelope. If you sign your roommate’s ballot envelope and visa-versa, neither ballot will count.
- Sign in the signature box on the envelope. If you don’t sign the ballot envelope, your ballot will not be counted.
- Return your ballot early. The first ballots returned are the first to be counted and are part of the first results on Election Day. Here are the ways to return your ballot:
- By mail before Election Day: Voting by mail is free, no postage needed. Make sure your ballot is postmarked by Election Day so it will be counted. You can give your ballot to your mail carrier, put it in a mail box, or take it to the post office.
- Return your ballot at the Registrar of Voters Office at 1225 Fallon St., Room G-1 Oakland, 94612, or to any ballot drop box or any accessible vote center in the County. Locations at www.acvote.org.
Oakland Votes Collaborative
LWVO partners with local community organizations to spread the word about voting and elections. Check out the resources we provide here!
Election Safety and Campaign Financing
- Public Portal for Campaign Finance and Lobbyist Disclosure, supported by the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission
- Cal-Access – Cal-Access provides links to financial information about candidate campaigns statewide and for state Senate and Assembly seats. Go to cal-access.ss.ca.gov/ to read the financial reports of campaign committees.
- Open Disclosure California
- • www.Flackcheck.org and www.Factcheck.org – Look at examples of misleading ads, and fact check the ads you see.