Voter Information


California Voter Registration


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Register to vote at the California Secretary of State website. In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before election day. Information is available in a variety of languages.



California's Official Voter Information Guide

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The voter information booklet with California's ballot measures.  Read online, download, get an audio version (8 hours of listening) or get the guide in another language including Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, and others.




California Voter's Edge


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A quick way to see your polling place and ballot and get access to a lot more information about any California candidate or ballot measure than offered in the voter guide. This site offers unbiased factual details on the content of each ballot measure and the funding of each candidate, who is funding them and by how much, who endorses them, and arguments for and against, including articles, editorials, and, if you wish to see them, advertisements.


Electoral College


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The founding fathers established the Electoral College in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in Congress and election of the president by a popular vote of qualified citizens.  This National Archives site gives a description of the Electoral College and how it works.



Humboldt County Elections Office


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This county office "strives to ensure that all eligible residents are able to exercise their right to vote and to provide reliable information" about local elections, election rules, and election results. You can also check to see if you are correctly registered here.


League of Women Voters


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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, offers information about local, state, and national issues on your ballot. This includes candidates, pros and cons on ballot initiatives , the Easy Voter Guide and more high-quality resources for informed voting. It offers a full schedule of local candidate forums and local ballot information.


Political Fact Check


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This is a highly regarded fact-checking resource. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocate for voters that checks statements by major U.S. political players. They say, "Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."


PolitiFact


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This is another highly-regarded fact-checking resource. Reporters and editors from the Tampa Bay Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on a "Truth-O-Meter."




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I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me, or the driver at my heels, with his whip in hand, commanding me to ge-wo-haw, just at his pleasure. 

– Davy Crockett, from the last lines of A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, (1834).


The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.


United States Constitution, 15th Amendment, 19th
Amendment, and
26th Amendment



That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything.

-- Lou Henry Hoover, Address to Bryn Mawr College Students, April 1920