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California Online Voter Guide

November 2016 General Election

26th edition

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About this Election

California's Statewide Primary is Tuesday, November 8.

Dates and Deadlines

What's on the Ballot?

Federal contests

State contests:

Many voters have local candidates or measures on their ballots as well. Check your county sample ballot, county election office web site and Voters Edge (League of Women Voters of CA & Maplight)) for information on local contests.

Follow the Money follow the money

Learn who the top donors are to California candidates and measures through Voters Edge, a nonpartisan voter guide produced by Maplight and the League of Women Voters of California. Visit "How to Follow the Money" to learn how to look up state and federal campaign contributions. Around the Capitol's Election Track features recently reported state campaign contributions.

About General Elections in California

In a General Election, voters decide among the party nominees selected in the Primary Election who wins and takes office. In Califonia's Presidential Primary election, voters' choices were restricted; you could only vote for candidates who were of the same party as you (No Party Preference voters had the option of "crossing over" and voting in some Presidential primaries).

In the General Election, all voters can vote for any candidate of any party regardless of the voters' or candidates' party preference.

Official Sample Ballots and Voter Guides

If you are a registered voter, your county election office will mail you an official Sample Ballot providing your polling place location, a Vote-by-Mail ballot application and information on any local contests on your ballot. In addition, each household with registered voters receives California's offfical state Voter Information Guide, covering statewide propositions and providing statements from the U.S. Senate candidates. (The online version also features statements from Presidential candidates). These two booklets provide the essential information you need to prepare to vote; if you haven't received them, contact your county election office.

Additional Web Resources

CVF recommends the following nonpartisan election web sites:

Visit CVF's Elections index page for additional election-related resources and archived editions of the California Online Voter Guide.

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This page was first published on April 7, 2016 | Last updated on October 19, 2016
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