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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

California: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Friday, May 22, 2020 4:22 PM ET

Important News

  • May 8, 2020 Official Update California Will Mail Every Voter a Ballot

    Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that requires that each county send vote-by-mail ballots for the November 3, 2020 general election to all registered voters. Voters who need to vote in person will still have access to in-person voting locations.

  • April 9, 2020 Official Update Special Elections to be Conducted by Mail

    Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that requires that three upcoming local elections on May 19 and June 2 be conducted as all-mail ballot elections. County elections officials will be required to mail a ballot to every registered voter. Local officials may make in-person voting available in a manner consistent with public health and safety.

  • March 20, 2020 Governor Expands Vote-By-Mail

    Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that permits vote-by-mail procedures to be used in three upcoming special elections.

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

vote by mail icon. How to vote by mail in California

California allows any registered voter to vote using a vote-by-mail ballot instead of voting early in person or going to the polls on Election Day.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in California

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:

  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.