Voting

Voting

Yard signs, Your Vote Matters and Get the Facts Before You Vote

Voter Registration

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

  • Click here to find out if you are registered in Contra Costa County
  • Click here to register to vote in California

See information about registering to vote in California: deadlines, requirements, how to register, political parties, registration drives, living overseas, etc.

Voting How-To's and the Next Election

March 3 Primary Election

Voters who are registered No Party Preference (NPP) will not be able to vote for a Presidential candidate unless they take special steps. To vote for Democratic, Libertarian or American Independent Party candidates, the voter must request a replacement mail-in ballot for the correct party, or make the request at the polls (and turn in the incorrect mail-in ballot if one was received). To vote for Republican, Peace and Freedom, or Green Party candidates, the voter must re-register in the correct party to get the correct ballot either by mail or in person at the polls. Deadlines are January 6 for a replacement mail-in ballot, and February 17 to re-register (but an incorrect ballot may already have been mailed so your correct ballot may be delayed). Timelines will be tight to mail out replacement ballots so act now! For the full story and instructions on how to get the correct ballot, go to https://www.cocovote.us/registration-and-voting-options/voting-for-president-2020/

Voter Information

Live Candidates' Forums -- see Calendar.

Televised candidate forums and a discussion of Measure J (Election Previews) were taped on January 16th by CCTV, co-sponsored by the Contra Costa County Elections Department, LWV Diablo Valley and LWV West Contra Costa County. Information on watching these online or on your cable TV station is available at https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/7097/Election-Previews

Local Measures on the March Primary Ballot (to see LWV Diablo Valley endorsements, see Action Alerts)

Marian Shostrom, Contra Costa Voter’s Edge Coordinator

The March 3, 2020 Primary will include national, state, and local contests, as well as a state school bond measure, and seven local measures. All LWV Diablo Valley members will vote on Measure J, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Sales Tax. Depending on where you live, you may also be voting on: Measure T, Antioch Unified School District School Facilities Improvement District No. 2; Measure L, Lafayette School District Parcel Tax; Measure M, Moraga School District Parcel Tax; Measure A, Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District Bond Measure; or Measure Y, a Town of Danville Ordinance to approve the Magee Preserve Project. 

Many of you used Voter’s Edge California (VEC) to learn about state and local candidates and initiatives, and who was funding them in the 2018 election. VEC is a partnership between The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, and MapLight, https://maplight.org which provides financial information. 

Candidates provide information about themselves. If any of your candidates have not yet provided information, you can click on that candidate, and then click on a link that says: Encourage candidate to share their information on Voter's Edge. You can easily send an email, asking them to post information so that you can make an informed decision. We want all candidates to participate, and you can help make that happen.

 

Ballots will be mailed the first week of February.

Voter's Edge CA - Find your ballotVoters' Edge California: Enter your address and zip code to see the contests on your ballot. Then click away and find information on candidates and ballot measures from the League and other nonpartisan sources. Archives of past elections available with election results.

MapLight: Defending Democracy
MapLight is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics, informs and empowers voters, and advances reforms that promote a more responsive democracy. You can search to see which individuals and organizations are donating money to Candidates (state level and above--not local), and to state initiatives.  MapLight provides Voter's Edge with information about money. Check out this valuable resource today! https://maplight.org

 

Elections in California: Learn about preparing to vote, voting (in person, by mail, if you've moved), voting rights, take a friend to vote, results of past elections, etc.

 

 

Easy Voter Guide

Easy Voter Guide CA (2016) The Easy Voter Guide helps new voters and busy voters learn about how to vote and what will be on the ballot in statewide elections. It also helps people learn how to make change in their community.

 

Our School Voter Education Activities

We are providing assistance to schools and other institutions on voter registration and how to gather information before voting. Please contact the League at info@lwvdv.org if you want us to work with your school or group.

See some of our school-related activities here. See a report on voter education outreach  to residents of affordable housing here.

 

Candidates provide information about themselves. If any of your candidates have not yet provided information, you can click on that candidate, and then click on a link that says: Encourage candidate to share their information on Voter's Edge. You can easily send an email, asking them to post information so that you can make an informed decision. We want all candidates to participate, and you can help make that happen.

Ballots will be mailed the first week of February.