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Government Research Guide: Voting

Research tools for finding information about government topics.

Becoming an Informed Voter

Whether this is your first election or your twentieth, it can be difficult to dig through the fluff on your ballot to vote in a way that reflects your values. Voting is a civic duty and, for the average citizen, the easiest way to influence what happens on a national, state, and local level. To vote, you will need to do several things:

1. Register to vote or check your registration status

The deadline to register to vote is 15 days before the election, so check early!

2. Wait for your ballot

All active registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. While you're waiting, read up on the different candidates and propositions. You can ignore most of the spam you get in the mail - look for unbiased websites or news articles that discuss pros and cons without resorting to sensationalism.

3. Vote!

Once you receive your ballot, fill out the ovals that best reflect your values. Mail your ballot or bring it in to the polling station listed on your ballot. If you'd like, sign up for Ballottrax to make sure your vote has been counted!

Candidates & Propositions Websites

County Elections Websites

Books & EBooks