On Tuesday, November 8 there is elections in California, United States, in which its inhabitants will have to choose who will govern them in the next four years. Find out what else is at stake in these elections and the steps to register to participate.
The state has a total of 39,656, 838 voters able to vote and, at the moment, there are already 20 million registered to participate in the elections, either at the polls or by mailbox. They must decide whether or not to continue governing the Democratic party, despite the fact that in 2021 its governor successfully faced a recall process and today seeks re-election. On election day, the seats of both legislative chambers will also be at stake, as well as the election of other positions and proposals. Follow this guide to elections in California.
WHEN ARE THE ELECTIONS IN CALIFORNIA?
The general election in California is on Tuesday, November 8.. The polls will be open from 7 in the morning until 8 at night.
WHAT SHOULD CALIFORNIA VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER 8 ELECTIONS?
On November 8, the following will be voted:
- Governor and Lieutenant Governor of California.
- State House of Representatives.
- State House of Representatives.
- Attorney General.
- State courts.
- Counselors of the State Council of Education.
- Some cities will also vote on local positions and propositions.
HOW LONG DOES THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S TERM LAST?
The Governor of California is elected by the citizens every four years. He must be a US citizen, at least 30 years old, and a California resident for 5 years prior to the election. He will not hold any other public office on the day of the oath; nor have been elected for two terms.
WHICH PARTY RULES THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA?
The Democratic Party, represented by Governor Gavin Newsom, governs. He was elected in 2018 and is running for re-election.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN CALIFORNIA ELECTIONS?
Citizens of the United States who are registered to vote. Must be at least 18 years of age on election day
HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE CALIFORNIA ELECTION?
- Register through California’s online portal to register, check your registration status, or change the party of your choice.
By mail and in person
- Pick up an application to register to vote at any Department of Motor Vehicles office, most post offices, public libraries, and government offices, or ask for an application at your county elections office.
By phone or email
- Call 800-345-8683 or email the California Division of Elections to have a registration form sent to you.
UNTIL WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN CALIFORNIA?
Californians must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day, which is October 24th. If you miss the deadline, you can conditionally register (also known as same-day registration) and vote at your county elections office, vote center, or county vote center. Your ballot will be counted after your county elections office completes the voter registration verification process.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY BALLOT?
Ballots will be mailed no later than October 10. In Los Angeles and Orange counties, election officials mailed ballots to overseas voters beginning in early September.
HOW TO VOTE IN CALIFORNIA ELECTIONS?
- All registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot to vote in the general election.
- Indicate on the ballot which are your preferred candidates and cross out or black out the indicated area on the paper ballot.
- Deliver your completed vote-by-mail ballots by mail or in person to your county early voting clerk.
- The ballot must be postmarked and received by the county voting office no later than 3 days after the election.
- If you’re not sure your ballot will arrive in time when you mail it in, drop it off at any polling place in the state between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm on Election Day.
- Identify yourself when entering the polling place.
- Indicate on the ballot your preferred candidates and cross out or black out the indicated area on the paper ballot.
- You can vote in person early or on Election Day. California offers early voting in person up to 10 days before each election. Check with your county elections office to see if early voting in person is an option.
WHAT IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS ARE VALID FOR THE ELECTION?
The voter registration application asks for your California driver’s license number, California identification card number, or you can use the last four digits of your social security card. If you do not have a driver’s license, California identification card, or Social Security card, you can leave this field blank. Your county elections official will assign you a number that will be used to identify you as a voter.