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About The 2002 General Election

  About this Election
  What's on the Ballot
  Getting Started

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.

Getting Started

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 election office.

This page first published May 10, 2002 -- last updated May 16, 2002