Let this guide be your vote of confidence as you enter the booth.
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June 5, 2018: The primary
November 6, 2018: General election
1. Make sure you can vote in California — and find your polling place.
If you’re completely new to voting, start here.
You can look up your polling place and the status of your vote-by-mail ballot here.
2. Know your deadlines.
Keep your eye on these important upcoming dates:
June 5, 2018: Election Day for the statewide primary! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you’re voting by mail, make sure your ballot is postmarked by today.
October 22, 2018: Last day to register to vote for the general election
October 30, 2018: Last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot. (Note: Your request must be received by this day if you’re sending it via snail mail)
November 6, 2018: General election
3. Do your research now.
These are the candidates vying for governor of California
The next governor’s extensive to-do list includes: tackling a housing affordability crisis, preparing for environmental disasters related to climate change and navigating the Golden State’s complicated relationship with the Trump administration. Here’s what each contender stands for.
SoCal's make-or-break congressional races
Control of the House: the Republicans have it, the Democrats want to wrest it away. Enter the big swing factor: the races for congressional seats all over the nation, about a half dozen of which are up for grabs in Orange County. It's a staunchly conservative region that's been undergoing demographic shifts nudging the county more to the left. Here are the races to keep an eye on and what to know about them.
What to know about the statewide ballot measures
Money for parks. Rules on how our gas tax money can be used. Deciding when ballot measures take effect after a "yes" vote. Here's a rundown of the five statewide propositions you'll be seeing on the ballot.
Meet the candidates for L.A. County and Orange County sheriff
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department employs some 10,000 deputies and oversees all the jails in the county — no small task. Here's what to know about the current sheriff and what he's done in the job so far. And here's what to know about the two department veterans who want to replace him.
Orange County has the fifth-largest sheriff’s department in the country, and whoever takes its reins will need to deal with homeless encampments, a ballooning budget, an opioid crisis and tensions over cooperating with federal immigration officials. Hear a debate between the three candidates.
Meet the candidates for California attorney general
There are four people in the running for the job of California's top lawyer. The attorney general represents the state government in all its lawsuits. Here are the basics on the contenders.
Meet the candidates for state superintendent
California is home to more than a thousand school districts, and the state superintendent oversees them all. Here are the four candidates competing for the job.
How to judge a judge
The president of the California Judges Association gave some pointers on picking a judicial candidate. (His tip? Check out the L.A. County Bar Association candidate rankings.)
Here are some fast facts on races for treasurer, lieutenant governor, controller and more. You can see candidate bios, endorsements, campaign finance information and more on your complete ballot through the Voter’s Edge guide. It also lets you save your choices on a personalized ballot and take it with you to the polls.
4. Still have questions? Ask us.
Mary Plummer is KPCC’s senior political reporter — and she’s here to guide you through any of your lingering questions about voting and elections. Here are some frequently asked ones:
How many stamps does my vote-by-mail ballot need?
It depends on where you live. If you live in L.A. County, you need one stamp for the primary election ballot. If you live in Orange County, you need two stamps. If you live in other counties, contact your election office with any questions. (Regular first-class stamps or Forever stamps are what you need.)
Can I drop off my vote by mail ballot at a polling location?
Yes! Just make sure it’s signed and dated.
Other questions include: "How are vote-by-mail ballots counted?" or "How do I contact my county elections office?" See Mary's answers and the other questions your fellow humans are asking.
If you want to ask a question of your own, you can do it below!