Election Day in California: What You Need to Know Heading to the Polls

California will hold its primary election on Tuesday, June 7 with several hotly contested races on the ballot.

Democrats and Republicans alike will head to the ballot box to decide who will represent their parties in several races including governor and U.S. Senate.

The 2022 Primary Election ballot will include candidates for U.S. Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Member of State Board of Equalization, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Assembly Member, as well as other local candidates.

There will be two contests for U.S. Senate on this ballot and you can vote for both contests.

For the U.S. Senate, the two positions opening are: one for a 6-year term ending January 3, 2029; and the other one for the remainder of the current term ending January 3, 2023.

After surviving a recall election in 2021, Governor Newsom is seeking nomination against over twenty other candidates. In the 2018 elecction, Gov. Newsom won with 62% of the vote.

While many of his opponents fall in the Republican Party, there are many that also identify as Independent, fall into the Green Party, or have no preference of party.

If you’re still stuck on who to vote for John and Ken released a Voter Guide to help showcase who they believe make for strong candidates.

When do the polls open?

Californians can cast their vote in the 2022 Primary Election at their registered polling location from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

People who are in line when polls close are required to be allowed to cast their ballot.

Where is my polling location?

To learn more. About where your voting location is and what is on the ballot, you can visit this website. It will require you to enter your address in order to locate the closest polling location nearest to you.

Vote centers open in all Voter’s Choice Act counties beginning on May 28, 2022.

What should I bring with me?

In most cases, a California voter is not required to show identification to a polling place worker before casting a ballot.

Officials say that; however, if you are voting for the first time after registering to vote by mail and did not provide your driver license number, California identification number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration form, you may be asked to show a form of identification when you go to the polls.

In this case, be sure to bring identification with you to your polling place or include a copy of it with your vote-by-mail ballot.

A copy of a recent utility bill, the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency are examples of sufficient forms of identification. Other acceptable forms of identification include your passport, driver license, official state identification card, or student identification card showing your name and photograph.

Can I still vote by mail?

Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must be received by your county elections office no later than 7 days after Election Day.

To track your vote-by-mail ballot, you can sign up here for automatic email, SMS (text), or voice ccall notifications about the status of your ballot.

Officials say that if you’re not sure your vote-by-mail ballot then you can bring it to any polling place in the state between 7 a.m. and. 8 p.m. on June 7, which is Election Day. Your ballot must be received by election officials by June 14 to be counted.

Can I still register to vote in the primary election?

The last day to register to vote for the June 7 Primary Election was May 23, 2022. The voter registration deadline falls 15 days before an election.

Even if you are ineligible to vote in the primary election, it’s encouraged to get yourself ready for the next election cycle, which will be in November 2022. More information on eligibility and how to register can be found on the state’s website.

Was my vote/ballot counted?

To find out the status of your ballot and whether or not it was counted, you can visit this website: voterstatus.sos.ca.gov; which, will have the latest updates on the status of your vote.

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