Get Out the Vote 2016
California has broken records with more than 19 million citizens registered to vote! And with less than a week to go until Election Day, it’s time to help get out the vote. Share these three easy steps with your friends and family to have a smooth voting experience whether you vote by mail or at the polls on November 8.
Step 1: Make A Plan to Vote
Vote-by-mail voters: California law says ballots must be postmarked by November 8 and received by your county elections office within three days of the election in order to count. Bottom line: the earlier, the better. You may also return your vote-by-mail ballot in person at your county elections office or to any polling place in your county before 8:00 pm on Election Day.
Some counties also offer early in-person voting and drop-off locations before Election Day. Check your options here.
Election Day voters: Polls are open on Election Day, November 8, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. You can also find your polling place:
- By calling (800) 345-VOTE (8683)
- Online at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place
- By texting Vote to GOVOTE (468683)
Step 2: Get Informed
The November 2016 ballot is a long one, with many candidates and 17 statewide ballot measures. This Quick Guide to Props provides nonpartisan analysis of each proposition, including arguments for and against and helpful campaign finance information.
Step 3: Protect Your Vote
Ensure your vote counts this November. Know your rights when it comes to dropping off or getting a new ballot, getting election materials in a language other than English, casting a secret ballot, and how to report problems.