This November, voters across the nation will decide on over 500 elected positions. Every member in the House of Representatives will be decided, and are key to ensuring federal policy protects our most vulnerable children, youth and families. In California, voters will elect a new Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Both positions will have a powerful role in the success or failure to increase access to quality out-of-school time programs across the state.
With over 4,500 programs, the out-of-school time workforce in California is a powerful voting base. Join us to ensure every youth worker is registered to vote, and does!
Then, check out facts about voters, what young people are doing to ignite the vote, and voting information to make sure your voice is heard!
Countdown to General Election: November 6, 2018
Polls open from 7:00am-8:00pm. Be sure to make a voting plan - when you will vote, where you will go and who/what you will vote for!
Facts on Voters
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Am I eligible to register?
US Born or Naturalized Citizen
Resident of California
At least 16 years of age
If all three conditions apply to you, then you are are eligible to register as a California voter.
Note: You can pre-register as a 16 and 17 year old, which means on your 18th birthday, the Registrar will automatically register you to vote and send you notification in the mail. You don't need to take time filling out another form unless you change your name, address and/or want to change your political party.
What if I missed the registration deadline?
If you missed the October 22 deadline to register to vote in California, you may not be able to vote at your regular polling place or vote by mail, there is still an opportunity to cast a ballot by completing the conditional voter registration process.
Eligible citizens who missed the October 22 deadline can go to their county elections office or a designated satellite location to register and vote conditionally. Their ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process. Voters can complete the conditional voter registration process from October 23 all the way through Election Day on November 6.
What are the different ways I can vote?
There are multiple ways to cast your vote in California.
Vote by Mail
Request a vote-by-mail ballot by October 30, 2018. Your ballot must be returned by mail and postmarked on or before November 6, 2018 and received by your county elections office no later than November 9, 2018. You can also return your ballot in person to your county elections office or any polling place in your county before 8:00 p.m. on November 6, 2018.
Vote Early in Person
Some counties offer early voting at a few locations before Election Day. Contact your county elections office to see if they offer early voting at: www.caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/.
Vote at the Polls on Election Day
Polls are open on Election Day: November 6, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The location of your polling place is printed on the back page of the county Voter Information Guide your county elections official mailed to you. You can also find your polling place by calling (800) 345-VOTE (8683) and online at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place.
What are my rights as a voter?
As a Californian, you have voting rights! This short video walks you through them.
Who and what do I vote for?
Find out exactly what is on your ballot here and research the issues and candidates using the California Official Voter Information Guide. Many organizations that already align with your values release voter guides to help you make informed decisions. Check out some below:
CalSAC and our partners at the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance asked the candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction about their views on afterschool and expanded learning. Check out their responses here.
Advancement Project California shares voter recommendations that are partner-driven, mission-aligned, and seek to address racial equity.
Million Voters Project offers recommendations on propositions that put schools and communities first.
Planned Parenthood endorses reproductive health champions who will fight for access to health care, comprehensive sex ed, and reproductive rights.
PolicyLink released a guide on the many state propositions that will have direct equity impacts on the state's low-income communities and communities of color.
Prevention Institute gives an analysis of ballot measures that could affect health and equity.