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California Online Voter Guide

November 2008 General Election
17th edition

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About this guide

Click on the tabs above to enter the California Online Voter Guide, a nonpartisan clearinghouse of election information and web site links. This edition covers presidential candidates, congressional candidates, state legislative candidates, and statewide ballot measures.

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Election Results

California's General Election is Tuesday, November 4.

Important Dates and Deadlines

What's on the Ballot?

Across the state, voters will choose candidates in the presidential race, 53 contests for the House of Representatives, and 100 state legislative contests (including 80 State Assembly and 20 State Senate races). Also on the ballot are twelve statewide propositions.

Depending on where you live, you may have local candidates or measures on your ballot as well. CVF's California Online Voter Guide includes information about state and federal candidates and statewide ballot measures; for information on local candidates and ballot issues CVF recommends SmartVoter.

Follow the Money follow the money

The California Online Voter Guide identifies the top donors for and against each of the statewide propositions on the ballot. Visit CVF's "How to Follow the Money" page for information on researching state and federal campaign finances.

Voting in a General Election

Voters registered with a political party can vote for any candidate on the ballot, regardless of party affiliation. “Decline-to-State” voters can also vote for any candidate on the ballot. (This is different from primary election rules where voters are given a specific party’s ballot, or a non-partisan ballot, based on their registration.)

Official Sample Ballots and Voter Guides

If you are a registered voter, your county registrar 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, the Secretary of State mails out the Voter Information Guide covering statewide propositions. This election, the Secretary of State is also mailing voters a Supplemental Voter Information Guide covering Prop. 1A (this measure was added to the ballot after the voter guide went to print). These publications provide the basic information you need to prepare to vote; if you haven't received them, contact your county election office.

Additional Web Resources

Visit CVF's Elections index page for additional election-related resources and archived editions of the California Online Voter Guide. CVF recommends the following nonpartisan election web sites:

Secretary of State - Voter Education

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This page was first published on September 27, 2008 | Last updated on November 4, 2008
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