About this Election
On Tuesday, November 5, 2002, millions of Californians will head to the polls
to cast ballots in hundreds of contests. Polls open at 7 a.m., and close at 8 p.m.
Voters who aren't sure they can make it to the polls should sign up to get an absentee
ballot so they can vote by mail. For more information about voting in California,
see the California Voter Foundation's "Voting
Questions and Answers".
What's on the Ballot?
California's 2002 General election ballot will include contests for eight statewide
offices, 53 congressional seats, and 100 state legislative seats. In addition to
those races, the November ballot will include a number of statewide propositions
-- check CVF's Initiative Watch pages
for updated information on measures that are circulating for the November ballot.
Depending on where you live and when your city or county conducts elections, you
may have local races and measures on your ballot as well.
Every registered voter should receive an Official Sample Ballot in the mail, which
is sent to you by your county election office several weeks prior to the election.
This booklet includes an application for an absentee ballot, and tells you which
political districts you live in and where your polling place is located. California
voters also receive an official Voter Information Guide from the Secretary of State
that features information on the state propositions and statements by statewide candidates.
These two official booklets provide the basic information you need to prepare to
vote. If you don't received these booklets in the mail, contact your local county