The primary election happens this year on Tuesday, June 7th. Starting May 9, ballots will be mailed to every California voter with an active registration status will be sent a ballot in the mail, and will then have the option to vote by returning a mailed ballot or casting their vote in person.
What’s a primary election and what’s at stake?
A primary election determines which top two candidates will appear on the November general election ballot. Your June primary ballot will include candidates for local and statewide office, the California Legislature and Congress, including:
All candidates for these offices, regardless of party affiliation, are listed on one primary ballot and only the top two vote-getters move on to the general election. These elected officials influence policies, programs and the budget — and their leadership will shape California for years to come. There will also be some local candidates on your ballot, these elected offices are equally as important. Local elected leaders make the decisions that directly impact everyday life in your community. The upcoming primary election is your chance to decide who will represent your interests at the federal, state, and local levels of government and where you stand on key state and community issues.
*If you miss the May 23 voter registration deadline, you still can vote! You will just need to visit your county elections office, a vote center or polling station to get the materials necessary to participate in same day voter registration and cast a provisional ballot, on or before Election Day. A provisional ballot still counts – it just means that an official has to verify that your registration was successful before the ballot is counted.
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