2018 Election Resources
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6!
The following is a list of free nonpartisan election information resources developed by our partners. Below you will find key websites to check your voter registration status, multilingual hotlines for voter information, pamphlets that outline your rights as a voter, and much more.
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Register to vote
The voter registration deadline is October 22. Voters can still register to vote or update their voter registration by visiting registertovote.ca.gov.
Missed the voter registration deadline? You can register to vote and cast a conditional ballot by visiting designated locations in your county. Contact your county office to find out where www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices.
Check your Voter Registration Status
Voters may use the following sites to see where and how they are registered to vote.
- California Secretary of State voterstatus.sos.ca.gov
- League of Women Voters Education Fund vote411.org
Election Assistance Hotlines
Voters can have all their voting questions answered at the following hotlines:
- 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) for assistance in English. This hotline is managed by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
- 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683) for assistance in English and Asian languages. This hotline is managed by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
- 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) for assistance in English and Spanish. This hotline is managed by NALEO Educational Fund.
- 1-844-YALLA-US (1-844-925-5287) for assistance in English and Arabic. This hotline is managed by the Arab American Institute.
Know your Rights as a Voter
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – California developed a series of materials under their “Know your Voting Rights” project. The Know Your Rights resources are available on their website. You will find translated fact sheets, voter education PowerPoint, and sample social media and graphics.
- MALDEF released a Know-your-Rights flyer in English & Spanish for California voters.
- It’s Your Right. A Guide to the Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities (full version and consumer-friendly version): A newly-updated voting rights guide for people with mental disabilities that lists key legal principles, provides information about state laws and practices that limit the voting rights of people with mental disabilities, and offers tools to help people with disabilities preserve or restore their voting rights. Written by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, National Disability Rights Network, and Schulte, Roth & Zabel.
Learn what’s on your Ballot
- Voter’s Edge is a nonpartisan online guide to elections. Voter’s Edge is a project of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.
- Access your full, personalized ballot by entering your address at votersedge.org/ca. You will also be able to view candidate biographies and top priorities, browse unbiased explanations of ballot measures, and find your local polling locations.
2018 Election Reform Primer
California passed many new election reforms in recent years. 2018 is the first year these laws are in place for a statewide general election. We developed the 2018 Election Reform Primer to summarize key laws that will support voters in exercising their right to vote.
Information for Voter’s Choice Act Counties
Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties are running elections under the new model defined by the Voter’s Choice Act. Future of California Elections launched the Voter’s Choice California project to support communities implementing the new law. You can find outreach and educational materials here: voterschoice.org/tools-for-organizers.
Volunteer Opportunities for Poll Monitoring
Our partners are seeking volunteers to observe elections throughout California. Volunteers may sign up using the links below.
- AAAJ-Asian Law Caucus is recruiting volunteer poll monitors for their program in 13 counties across California. Sign up by completing this Google form.
- Common Cause is recruiting volunteer poll monitors for their Election Protection Program in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties. Sign up at protectthevote.net.
Resources on Voting with a Criminal Conviction
- The ACLU of California’s website www.letmevoteca.org provides brochures, posters, and FAQ’s with information on voting with a criminal conviction.