2018 Election Resources
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6!
Scroll down to for free nonpartisan election information resources developed by our partners. Find multi-language voter hotlines, learn your rights as a voter, or how to vote with a criminal conviction, and more.
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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
Register and Vote Today, Even if You Missed the Deadline
The voter registration deadline was October 22, but you can still register and vote.
If you live in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, or San Mateo counties visit any vote center in your county to register and vote on the same day.
If you live elsewhere in California, visit a designated locations in your county to register and vote. Contact your county office to find out where www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices.
Visit our same day voter registration page for same day voter registration outreach material futureofcaelections.org/cvr-toolkit
Call an Election Assistance Hotline
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.
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.
Learn What’s on Your Ballot
- Access the Official Voter Information guide www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov
- 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. 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.
Find Where to Vote In-person or Drop-off Your Ballot
- Many counties offer opportunities for voters to cast their ballot early. Find a location near you caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov
- Find your polling place www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place
Get 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.
Learn about new Election Reforms
- 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.
Get Answers to all Your Questions
- Get official, nonpartisan information directly from the California Secretary of State’s website www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vote-sure