Voting and Election Resources
My office has compiled nonpartisan information for constituents of California’s 15th Congressional District. Below you will find important dates, information on when, where and how to vote, and options for dropping off and tracking your Vote by Mail ballot.
Under Executive Order N-64-20 and California Assembly Bill 860, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters and Contra Costa Elections Division will mail all registered voters a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election.
A Vote-By-Mail ballot may be returned by mail (it doesn't require stamps, but must be postmarked on or before Election Day), returned to a Vote-By-Mail Drop Box, or returned to a polling site.
Thursday, September 24, 2020 -- Voter Information Guide Mailing
Monday, October 5, 2020 -- First day of mailing Vote by Mail Ballots and Early Voting for General Election
Monday, October 19, 2020 -- Online and Mail-in Voter Registration Deadline
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 -- Last Day to Request a Vote by Mail Ballot
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 -- Last Day to Return or Postmark a Vote by Mail Ballot
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 -- General Election Day
The federal election dates and deadlines presented here have been collected from the official websites of the California Secretary of State, Alameda County Registrar of Voters and Contra Costa County Elections Division.
Register to Vote
You can apply to register to vote online or update your current registration right now by filling in the online application on the California Secretary of State elections website.
County information can be obtained from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters https://www.acvote.org/voting/register-to-vote and Contra Costa County Elections Office https://www.cocovote.us/registration-and-voting-options/register-to-vote/
You are eligible to register to vote if you are:
- A United States citizen,
- 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
- Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and
- Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.
You need to update your registration if you:
- Move to a new residence,
- Change your name, or
- Want to change your political party affiliation.
Check your Voter Status
Here you can check your voter status, where you are registered to vote, your political party preference, your language preference for election materials, the status of your vote-by-mail or provisional ballot, find your polling place, find information for upcoming local and state elections, and much more. https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov
Information for Voters with Disabilities
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) gives equal rights and privileges to voters with disabilities. For information from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters visit https://www.acvote.org/accessibility.page For information from the Contra Costa Elections Division visit https://www.cocovote.us/registration-and-voting-options/my-voting-rights/
Early In-Person Voting
Polling places will be open several days before Election Day for those who want to vote early and in-person. Be sure to bring your Vote-By-Mail ballot to vote in person. To find out when and where, go to https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/
Alameda County: Beginning 29 days before an election, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office serves as a polling place during regular hours, 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. In addition, there may be weekend voting hours for a Primary and General Election; please contact their office at (510) 272-6973 for more information on weekend hours.
Contra Costa County: Contra Costa County has Regional Early Voting sites that give you flexibility in casting your ballot. These locations are open the Friday, Saturday, and Monday prior to Election Day; please contact their office at (925) 335-7800 for more information.
Election Day In-Person Voting
Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Be sure to bring your Vote-By-Mail ballot to vote in person. The location of your polling place is printed on the back page of the county Voter Information Guide that is being mailed to you. You can also find your polling place:
- By calling 800-345-VOTE (8683)
- Online at https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/
- By texting Vote to GOVOTE (468683)
Vote By Mail Drop Boxes
A ballot drop box is a secure drop box, serviced by County Election Office employees, at which voters can return their voted ballots. Voters can return their ballot to any box in their home county.
For the November 3, 2020 election, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters is expanding its number of 24-Hour Drop Box locations to 66. See a map of drop box locations here: https://www.acgov.org/rovapps/maps/ballotdropbox_map.htm
Contra Costa County
There will be 37 outdoor ballot drop boxes available 24/7 for drop off. Here is a printable list of outdoor drop box locations for Contra Costa County: https://www.cocovote.us/wp-content/uploads/OutdoorDropBoxes_Nov2020.pdf
Track Your Ballot
Our counties have made it easier to track your ballot online - when it is mailed, received, and counted.
The Vote by Mail Process
Concerned about the security of voting by mail? Here’s a rundown of how the whole process works: https://www.cocovote.us/registration-and-voting-options/how-vote-by-mail-works/
The California Secretary of State maintains voter hotlines serving speakers of many languages:
- (800) 345-VOTE (8683) - English
- (800) 232-VOTA (8682) - Español / Spanish
- (800) 339-2857 - 中文 / Chinese
- (888) 345-2692 - हिन्दी / Hindi
- (800) 339-2865 - 日本語 / Japanese
- (888) 345-4917 - ខ្មែរ / Khmer
- (866) 575-1558 - 한국어 / Korean
- (800) 339-2957 - Tagalog
- (855) 345-3933 - ภาษาไทย / Thai
- (800) 339-8163 - Việt ngữ / Vietnamese
- (800) 833-8683 - TTY/TDD