Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.
John Lewis, 1940 - 2020
The 2020 Election: Register. Learn. Vote.
Registering and voting will be easier than ever before.
You choose how and when to vote. Every registered voter in California will automatically get a ballot in the mail, even if they did not request one. You have three options to return your ballot. You can return it by mail, drop it off at a ballot drop box, or take it to a voting location near you. You can also vote in-person at a voting location starting Saturday, October 31 through election day November 3.
Lunch with the League
Join us every Monday at noon from now until November 9th for a brief Zoom meeting to hear from the experts about the new elections process. Learn how to register, learn and vote in this new system to ensure that your vote counts! Go to our Lunch with the League page to learn more about these sessions, or register for the remaining series here. If you want to see the previous sessions, visit our YouTube channel.
Check Your Registration.
Your registration is tied to the vote-by-mail system. It is very important that your registration information is up to date. Check your status to be sure your Vote-by-Mail Ballot will reach you.
If you have not registered, now is the time. You can register online easily with the Secretary of State tools. Your vote-by-mail ballot will be sent to your registration address.
Every registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot.
Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned in multiple ways:
- Mailed via United States Postal Service (postage is paid by the County)
- Delivered to a secure VBM Ballot Drop Box
- Delivered to a Voter Service Center during the 4 days of voting
Learn About the Candidates and Issues.
- Easy Voter Guide (PDF)
Our unbiased publication for new and busy voters, providing important information about voting and the state ballot measures. The Easy Voter Guide is community reviewed to ensure the information is easy to understand. Available in five language versions here.
- Voter's Edge
LWV California Voter Guide. Find in-depth information about what's on your ballot. Voter's Edge will improve throughout September as more candidates submit information. Return often.
- Pros & Cons (PDF)
A detailed, unbiased overview of the state level ballot measures, along with the arguments for and against those so you can weigh the arguments and make informed decisions about issues that impact you when you vote. View the Pros & Cons online here.
- San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Website
Voter Services Centers will be open for 4 days beginning Saturday, October 31
There will be 23 Voter Service Centers in San Luis Obispo County (see the locations here). Centers will be open 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday. On election day November 3, the polls are open 7 am to 8 pm. Voters can use any of these centers to:
- Vote in person
- Return a vote-by-mail ballot
- Receive a replacement ballot
- Register to vote
- Use the ballot marking device that assists voters with disabilities
Vote-by-mail Ballot Drop Boxes
There will be 19 locations in the county where you can safely deposit your vote-by-mail ballot. View maps of the locations to find the ones closest to you. These will be available beginning October 6 so you can vote early
To ensure the health and safety of all, voters are encouraged to use the vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot and either return it by mail or at one of the secure VBM drop boxes.
Do You Reside Outside California?
Enter your address to find your polling place, create your personalized voters' guide and find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:
- See everything that will be on your ballot,
- Compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
- Print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.