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Election Help

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: We present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: We are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

This page is the Voters Service role

Voter Information

Smart Voter

Smart Voter: Key in your address and zip code, see the contests on your ballot. Then click away and find information on candidates and ballot measures -- from the League and other nonpartisan sources. Archives of past elections available with election results.
Go to Smart Voter

See more information on "The website of the League of Women Voters of Californiahttp://ca.lwv.org/lwvc/edfund/elections/index.html>: preparing to vote, voting (in person, by mail, if you've moved), voting rights, take a friend to vote, results of past elections, etc.

To learn which political districts you live in and who represents you, go to Who Represents Oakland

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

See information about registering to vote in California: deadlines, cost, requirements, how to register, political parties, registration drives, living overseas, etc.

Alameda County Office of Education Superintendents Race

Sheila Jordan, longtime County Superintendent of Schools is retiring, so the superintendent's office will be an open race this election. This is one of the invisible elective offices where voters have to vote without being familiar with the people, the job or its powers.


Pictures courtesy of tyranny@mktgkings.com.

The Candidates and their websites are:
Karen Monroe, http://www.karenmonroe.org
Jeff Bowser, http://www.votebowser.com
Naomi Eason, http://www.naomieason.us
Helen K. Foster, http://www.helenkfoster.org
Ursula Reed, http://www.ursulareed.com

Find out how the Candidates stand on important issues.

A Candidates Forum was held by the League of Women Voters of Berkeley Albany Emeryville. All the Alameda County Leagues of Women Voters invited the candidates to a forum on Wednesday, April 9 at Oakland City Hall. The forum was taped and will be replayed on Berkeley Community Media's cable channels 28 and 33 and is available on YouTube.

You can watch this forum on line at CandidateForumsApr14, where it is posted in 3 approximately half-hour sections labeled ACOE #1, ACOE #2, ACOE #3 on the League of Women Voters Eden Area YouTube channel. Start watching #1 at 4:30 minutes into the recording.

The broadcast-quality 90 minute video will be shown repeatedly in coming weeks, up to election day on June 3, on Berkeley Cable Channel 33. On Wednesday 23 April 5:30 pm, Sunday 27 April 6- 7:30 pm, Monday 28 April 5 pm, Wed, 30 April, 5:30.

It should start running on the Albany city cable channel by May 1 and is posted on the YouTube channel of LWVEA, the League of Women Voters of Eden Area.

Extensive information on all the candidates will be available soon at the California League's SmartVoter.org; until then and as always good info on the County Registrar of Voters site and the Secretary of State site.

LWVBAE's election program host, Lessly Wikle Field, moderated the forum.

Ranked Choice Voting