California Online Voter Guide, November 2022

California General Election

November 8, 2022
(32nd edition)

About This Election


What's on the ballot:  

  • The office of U.S. Senate will have TWO separate contests on the ballot. You may vote on both. The first contest is the regular election for the full 6-year term of office beginning 1/3/23. The second contest is a "special vacancy election" (since the current officeholder is temporarily filling a vacancy) for the remainder of the term ending on 1/3/23. 

  • Statewide, Congressional, State Assembly and even-numbered State Senate districts

  • 7 statewide ballot propositions

  • Local contests for county, municipal and special district offices, judges and local measures 


Your voting choices:

  • In California state and federal general elections, voters are asked to decide between two candidates who were the top two vote-getters in the June Primary election. Under California's "Top Two" open primary law, all registered voters can vote for any candidate of any party regardless of voters' or candidates' party affiliations. As a result, the General election candidates may both be from the same political party. 
  • California local elections are nonpartisan; like state and federal contests, the top two vote-getters proceed to the General Election ballot, unless one candidate receives more than 50% of the Primary election vote, in which case that candidate won outright in the Primary, and the contest is over and does not appear on the General Election ballot.
  • All federal, state and local political district lines were redrawn after the 2020 Census to ensure Californians are equally represented. Visit CalMatters to look up your new state and federal districts.
  • Voters are also asked to decide on seven statewide propositions as well as various local measures. Voters who are uncertain how they wish to vote on a measure or a contest can leave the choice blank. 


Important Dates

  • October 10:   Vote-by-mail ballots start being mailed out to all registered voters; first day of early voting
  • October 24:  Last day to register to vote 
  • October 25 - November 8:  Conditional, "same day" voter registration available at all voting sites and county election offices
  • October 29:  11-day vote centers open in Voter's Choice Act counties
  • November 5:  4-day vote centers open in Voter's Choice Act counties
  • November 8:  Election Day - polling places and vote centers are open statewide 7am - 8pm


From the California Voter Foundation:

CVF Vote by Mail tips

From Maplight & the League of Women Voters:

  • Voters Edge - comprehensive nonpartisan election information including top donors to candidates and endorsements

From the Secretary of State:

From the California Attorney General:

CVF recommends these additional nonpartisan voter resources:

Archived editions of CVF's California Online Voter Guide: