Voter & Election Resources

Voter & Election Resources

Voter & Election Resources

What's New for Election 2020?!
All Vote by Mail Election

    • 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.
      Where's My Ballot
    • 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

Key Dates

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.
11/3/20 Election Day
  See more details on Key Dates for the November Election!

What's On My Ballot?

Voters Edge CaliforniaVoters Edge graphic

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!

California Easy Voter GuideEVG March 2020

For statewide voter information for the upcoming election, check out the Easy Voter Guide!  Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.

Ballot FAQ

Ballot Measure Pros & Cons

Candidate Forums

Speakers Bureau

Ballot Recommendations from LWVO

Do Your Research

Neighbor to Neighbor
Watch Candidate Forums

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

Primary Elections in California