Voters
Voting & Elections

General Election Information

Both the State and County governments are responsible for elections in California and our state has adopted many ways to make voting easy.   

 

Please see the Upcoming Election section below for details during election season.

More Days and More Ways to Vote​​​

Need to register for the first time?

Changed your address since last election?

Update your existing registration at registertovote.ca.gov

How do I register to vote by mail?

Vote by mail is permanent, every registered voter will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot

By when do I have to mail my ballot?

Your ballot needs to be postmarked on or before Election day

Can I vote earlier than election day?

California has early voting, you don’t have to wait until election day to vote.

Can I drop my vote-by-mail ballot in person?

Drop it at a secure ballot drop box, a voting location, or your county elections office 

How do I vote in person?

Find your polling place at sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place

What do in-person voting locations offer?

Accessible voting machines and language assistance

 

Upcoming Election Information

VOTE!  Primary Election: June 7, 2022

 

WHY VOTE?

 

Do you want

  • a fairer criminal justice system?

  • housing you can afford?

  • better health care?

Vote to be part of the decision making that affects your life. If you don’t vote, others make the decisions for you.

Ballots mailed to all registered voters starting May 9. You have 28 days to vote.

 

Key Dates for June 7 Election: 

 

  • Register to vote by May 23. 

  • Voter Information Guide mailed to voters April 28 - May 17

  • Ballots mailed by Registrar of Voters on May 9

  • Deadline to return ballot: 8 p.m. June 7.   

  • Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by June 7 (check pick-up times on mailbox).  

Register to vote--or update your registration--by May 23 

 

  • Online at  www.registertovote.com or 

  • Fill out a voter registration form. Forms are at libraries, post offices, DMV, and 

  • Registrar of Voters Office.

  • Update your registration when you move, change your name or political party.

  • Miss the deadline? you can still register and vote conditionally until 8 p.m. June 7

What are the ways I can vote?
  • Vote by mail or in person at a voting location in Alameda County. After May 9 please check this site or go to https://www.acgov.org/rov_app/pollinglist?electionid=247 - &ui-state=dialog for locations, dates and hours of voting locations in your area. 

  • Instructions for returning your ballot and for voting in person will be in the county Voter Information Guide and in the ballot packet you get in the mail.

What’s on the primary election ballot?
  • U.S. Senate and congress, State Assembly and Senate, Governor, and statewide offices

  • County Supervisor D 2 and 3 (includes Chinatown, San Antonio, Melrose, Havenscourt)

  • Alameda County District Attorney, Sheriff, and all other County offices

  • Superior Court judges

  • County Superintendent of Schools 

  • State propositions and local ballot measures

Find information about candidates and measures at www.votersedge.org

A Voter guide with full information about candidates and ballot measures for the June 7, 2022 primary is now available online HERE.

KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS

 

You have the right to register & vote if you

  • Are registered to vote

  • Are U.S. citizen & 18 years or older

  • Were formerly incarcerated for a felony conviction & are

    • out of prison

    • on parole (new this year)

    • on probation

    • on post-release community supervision

    • mandatory supervision, or 

    • on federal supervised release. 

  • Have a misdemeanor conviction.  You can always vote

 

Questions? Didn’t get your ballot? Need help? 

Contact:  Registrar of Voters

1225 Fallon St., Oakland

www.acvote.org

510-272-6973