Voter Game Plan

KPCC's Voter Game Plan

Let this guide be your vote of confidence as you enter the booth.

Election Days
June 5, 2018:  The primary
November 6, 2018: General election

Make sure you can vote | Know your deadlines | Do your research | Ask us your questions | Spread the word

1. Make sure you can vote in California.

If you haven't already, register to vote.

If you're not sure, here's where to check if you're registered.

And if you’re completely new to voting, start here.


2. Know your deadlines.

Keep your eye on these important upcoming dates:

May 29, 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)

June 5, 2018: Election Day for the statewide primary! (If you haven't registered to vote yet, you can still conditionally register through June 5.)

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

November 6, 2018: General election


3. Do your research now, so you don’t have to cram later.

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 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 three candidates who want to run it.

Everything else

See candidate bios, endorsements, campaign finance information and more 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 much time do I still have to register to vote?

May 21 was the deadline to register online to vote in the June 5 primary. But if you missed that deadline, you still have other options. Conditional voter registration is now in effect in California. That means you can register and cast a provisional ballot on election day if you go to your county's election headquarters. This is a great new option for anyone who misses the deadline to register.

Why are some of the candidates for governor missing from the voter information guide that arrives in the mail? 

Candidate statements from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Treasurer John Chiang and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are absent in the Official Voter Information Guide sent to registered voters. This is not a mistake. Those three candidates did not accept the state's voluntary campaign spending limit, which means they’re not eligible to be included in the guide. To purchase a candidate statement (which costs $25 per word for the governor’s race), a candidate for state office must accept the voluntary campaign spending limit. This does not apply to candidates running for federal office, such as the U.S. Senate.

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!



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