Here’s your guide to voting in the 2024 CA election

Here’s your guide to voting in the 2024 CA election

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It’s here: The CalMatters Voter Guide launched Monday — the deadline for county election offices to start mailing ballots to more than 22 million registered voters in California.

Some key components of the Voter Guide:

  • A comprehensive, 27-question FAQ with everything you need to know on how to participate in the March 5 primary. Wondering what you should do if you miss the voter registration deadline, or drop off your ballot in the wrong county or you’re unsure if you can leave work to vote? Find out the answers here.
  • An easy-to-use lookup tool: Type in your address and find out which congressional and legislative races are on your ballot. (Don’t worry, we don’t save the info.)
  • The rundown on the only statewide ballot measure, Proposition 1, including our “Gimme Props” quiz. Find out exactly what Prop. 1 would do, why Gov. Gavin Newsom is championing it and the reasons why organizations such as the League of Women Voters of California oppose it. Don’t have time to dive in? Then watch our “Prop. in a Minute” video instead.
  • Still undecided on your pick for the headliner U.S. Senate race (which you get to vote on twice)? For the election’s most talked-about race, you’ll find detailed resumes of the five leading candidates, plus their positions on key issues.
  • Companies such as Kaiser, Uber and PG&E are pouring big bucks into campaigns. Parse through their contributions and take a look at other notable spenders for the primary. We also compiled campaign finance data for key legislative races and, with the help of OpenSecrets, the U.S. Senate and key congressional races.

Plus, you can also read the whole Voter Guide, including everything I just mentioned, in Spanish. The guide will also be updated, with more innovative features and wider coverage, for the November election. So stay tuned for even more.

Election news: As the March 5 primary campaign heats up, keep up with what you need to know from CalMatters’ coverage.

 

 

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BudD
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Bud
15 days ago

Mail in ballots, vote early, vote often!

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
15 days ago
Reply to  Bud

If i got three ballots in my name how do they know i used all three?

tru matters
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tru matters
15 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

Why, do you plan on doing that? Do you are Bud have any proof what so ever there was wide spread fraud using mail in ballots?
And some random poll does not count.. Show me some news stories from reputable news sites backing this claim…

Republicans have made it difficult for black folk to vote at polling stations and have gone out of their way to redraw voting districts to favor Republicans.

They are afraid of mail in ballots because it gives more people an easier way to vote.

Nobody is fooled by your pushing this fake BS about mail-in ballots. The only ones your fooling are yourselves.
Back your shit up with some evidence.

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Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
15 days ago
Reply to  tru matters

So the excuse for mail in ballets Is because black people were not allowed to vote. That’s the biggest crock of shit they could have ever invented.

tru matters
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tru matters
15 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

That was just one obvious reason. There is plenty more why mail in’s are a good thing. You just don’t want to see them.
And you still haven’t come up with any proof of wide spread fraud connected to mail in ballots.

The Pattern of GOP Voter Fraud In case after case from 2020, it turns out that Republicans were the ones misbehaving at the ballot box.
The Bulwark-

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tru matters
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tru matters
15 days ago
Reply to  tru matters

A 2020 report from the University of New Mexico’s Center for Social Policy, the UCLA Voting Rights Project, and the Union of Concerned Scientists concluded that incidents of mail-in ballot fraud are rare, including in states that have adopted universal vote-by-mail systems. For example, an analysis of 2016 election data in Oregon identified 10 instances of fraudulent ballots out of 2 million votes cast.
Similarly, researchers at Caltech have agreed that while mail-in ballots may be more vulnerable to fraud or tampering than ballots cast in person, security measures minimize those risks.

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tru matters
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tru matters
15 days ago
Reply to  tru matters

Oh right. it was only when Trump lost that there was wide spread voting fraud.

D'Tucker Jebs
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15 days ago
Reply to  tru matters

And, ironically, the fraud was only on the presidential portion of the ballot.
When Republican Senators, Representatives, Governors, etc won, those ballots were properly counted.

Realist
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Realist
15 days ago
Reply to  tru matters

Lol the union of concerned scientists

Country Joe
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15 days ago
Reply to  tru matters

Completely incorrect drivel.

Country Joe
Member
15 days ago
Reply to  tru matters

Please provide proof of your libelous post and back your shit up with evidence….”Republicans have made it difficult for black folk to vote at polling stations.”

Martin
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Martin
15 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

Code numbers along with your name (signature) and phone number.

Steelhead
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Steelhead
15 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

You should volunteer at the polls. You might learn something.

Country Joe
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15 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

I don’t think they have the resources to know.

Steelhead
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Steelhead
15 days ago
Reply to  Bud

Trump does, Even after brain washing you to think it is corrupt.

Farce
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Farce
15 days ago

I know this is off the headline subject but I read your link and I have opinions! In the article it said “Houston cut its homeless population by 64% over the last 12 years and 17% last year through collaboration between various organizations despite minimal financial investment. Texas has spent significantly less money on homelessness compared to California — $806 versus $10,786 per homeless person.”
I am outraged that CA blew 22 BILLION DOLLARS on homelessness and very little was accomplished. Many groups formed, discussion and conferences and studies, many salaries paid and much money pocketed by government “helpers”. That was OUR money! And we would like to help the homeless get shelter- not pay parasites and barnacles to hold meetings and eat free lunches!! And I blame Newsom and his luxury hairdo…

E gist
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E gist
15 days ago

Vote once. Do it Legal. Honestly. I Got ballots for my Parents in 2016. I tore them up and threw them Away. They had passed in 2013 & 2014. Honesty is best.

SMH
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SMH
15 days ago

Obviously the problem with mail in ballots is they don’t always go to the person intended. Some are mailed to people that have passed away, some are mailed and land in the hands of a care giver. For instance, ballots mailed to a retirement home have a large possibility of being filled out by someone other than the intended recipient. If it’s even a small percentage of a chance then it’s happening somewhere and most likely a lot. Voting in person, wether they have to send someone to you to do it or you can make it to the polling place yourself is the only way voting should happen. Mail in provides a fraud possibility.

D'Tucker Jebs
Member
15 days ago
Reply to  SMH

There was a whole comment section yesterday with people expressing this same unfounded concern.
There was not one piece of evidence presented to show that mail-in or drop-off ballots cause any of harms that are being suggested.

Tim
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Tim
15 days ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

Yeah, folks seem to forget that they have to sign the envelope and that signature gets matched to the one on file from your voter registration. No match = no vote. I’ve had one of my mail-in ballots questioned for that when I was sloppy with the signature one time.

D'Tucker Jebs
Member
15 days ago
Reply to  Tim

Facts don’t really seem to matter to some peope.
If someone believes there is widespread voter fraud, or that vaccines are deadly, or that human-caused climate change is a hoax, no amount of evidence will cause them to change their beliefs.
Still, the comment sections here are an interesting study into the way some people’s brains function (or don’t function, for that matter.)

Gosh
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Gosh
15 days ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

https://www.thecentersquare.com/opinion/article_670c42c0-c6d2-11ee-b4b1-f316de5ebd71.html

👆”Undoubtedly, many on the left will decry these measures to reduce fraudulent voting. Yes, they will yell that it is tantamount to voter suppression. You can also bet they will play the race card.

But those arguments are nonsense. Moreover, real world evidence says the opposite is true. Since 2020, a few states, namely Florida and Georgia, have instituted at least some of the policies recommended above. What happened? Voter turnout increased, particularly among minority voters.”

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Farce
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Farce
15 days ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

My sister sent in my dead mother’s ballot with an approximation of her signature. There it is- evidence! You are wrong. It IS being done…

J,B
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J,B
15 days ago
Reply to  Farce

I would be curious if it was counted because of a forged signature? She should be prosecuted for voter fraud. Although your statement as evidence, seems a bit shaky. Did you both learn your morals from your parents?

SMH
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SMH
14 days ago
Reply to  Farce

Farce you are not wrong, the reason I made the comment I did is because I know of it happening. I know a person in the elder care line of work that openly stated to me that they cast 14 ballots last election for clients but with her own votes. Far as people passed away I personally saw the ballot and it was filled out by a family member of the deceased person and sent in….it was not contested. This is just what I’m aware of, I’m one person. This is happening across the United States and is a huge fault in our elections process. The government isn’t going to provide “ evidence “ of something they are guilty of. With millions of ballots being mailed out do people seriously think none of them are being submitted by someone other than the intended recipient?