Voting

Voting

Candidate and Ballot Measure Forums

The League provides several opportunities to hear the candidates and to learn about the ballot measures. To see a schedule of forums, please see our Calendar.

You can view the following past forums for the upcoming Primary on YouTube or by clicking on the following links:

Key Dates for the March 3, 2020 Primary Presidential Election

Jan. 23, 2020 – First day ballot Information Guides may be mailed
Feb. 3, 2020 –  Voting by mail opens
Feb 17, 2020 – Last Day to Register to Vote (Please note: California now allows same day registration and provisional ballots at all Sonoma County polling places. Contact the Registrar of Voters for more information.)
Feb. 25, 2020 – Last day to request a “vote by mail” ballot
Mar. 3, 2020 – Election Day (7:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Mar. 6, 2020 – Last day for the Voter Registrar to receive a vote by mail ballot, which must be post-marked no later than March 3rd
Mar. 31, 2020 – Deadline to certify election results

 

To request a mail ballot contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters at 435 Fiscal Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or call (707) 565-6800.

To register to vote on-line or update your current registration go to RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

To receive a paper registration application by mail, contact Rov-voterreg@sonoma-county.org or call the Secretary of State's toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).

For Candidate and Ballot Measure Forums, please see our Calendar

 

Voting in Presidential Primary Elections

When you register to vote, you have the option to select a political party preference.  A list of qualified political parties can be found on the California Secretary of State's Political Parties page.  For presidential primary elections, your party preference determines which presidential candidates will appear on your ballot.  Voters who did not select a party preference, or whose preference is for a non-qualified political party, will receive a ballot that does not include a contest for President unless they take action.  To vote for a presidential candidate in this election, these voters must specifically request a ballot of one of the parties allowing voters with no party preference to vote in its presidential primary.

All voters, regardless of their party preference, will receive a ballot that includes contests for voter-nominated offices:  United States Representative, State Senator, and State Assembly Member; and any nonpartisan offices and ballot measures.

Register to Vote

Every Vote Counts (PDF)

Some people feel their vote doesn't matter. Follow the link above to learn about times when a single vote changed history.

In general, you may register to vote at any time, but you must be registered on or before 15 days prior to the election. If you mail your completed registration form to the registrar, a postmark on the 15th day prior to the election is acceptable.

To find out if you are registered to vote in Sonoma County, California, go to the Registrar of Voters' website.

To Register to vote online go to the California Secretary of State's site.

Voter Information for Those Displaced by The Fire

The following site provides extensive information on how to register and vote for those displaced by the October 2017 fire. Please share with anyone you know who may need this.

Voters Displaced by October Fires

Election Information

Voter's Edge California LogoVoter's Edge California: Key in your address and zip code to view a personalized ballot in English and Spanish with nonpartisan information including endorsements, funding sources, editorials, news articles, biographies and more.

You can download and print our Easy Voter Guide in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean.

Visit lwvc.org for LWVC Recommendations on Ballot Measures.