Voter Information

California Voter Registration

Secretary of State Website

Register to vote at the California Secretary of State website. In California, the deadline to register to vote normally for any election is 15 days before election day.  (You can still ask to vote a conditional ballot at either a polling place or at the Elections Office on Election Day.) 

If you use the My Voter Status link and enter personal information, you can also check to make sure you are registered, and make sure your ballot for the last election was received.

Ballot Information for Humboldt County CA

Voting Options for November 3, 2020  Yes, we're all getting vote-by-mail ballots. At 9 locations, there will also be in-person voting - if you want to trade for an in-person ballot you must bring your vote by mail ballot. Where can I vote or drop off my ballot?

Live Ballot & Voter Information Guide

The Humboldt County Elections Office gives you the option to review your ballot and ballot information guide online.  This paperless option can be used by voters with vision or reading disabilities, and all other voters.  You must provide personal information to get an accurate ballot.

Humboldt County Elections Office Website

This county office strives to ensure that all eligible residents are able to exercise their right to vote.  It provides information about local elections, election rules, and election results. You can also check to see if you are correctly registered here.

Candidate Questions & Answers on Lost Coast Outpost

You can put your questions directly to people on the ballot in all the major races facing Humboldt County. If enough other readers up-vote your query, you'll get an answer from most candidates.

Access Humboldt Archives

What’s on your ballot? Local candidates, debates, interviews, and forums.  Hear about the upcoming election in candidates’ own words. Videos gathered for you by Access Humboldt.


Official Voter Information Guide

Voter Information Guide on Voter’s Edge

Voter’s Edge has the Information Guide as soon as it is published (September 4 in 2020) and more. It provides information about Humboldt County measures and candidates, as well as those for California and the USA.  It’s a joint project of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.


California Policy & Political News

CalMatters Website

CalMatters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom committed to explaining California policy and politics.  Here you’ll find an overview of the state’s political landscape and government leaders, issues and efforts, elections and results.


California Voter’s Edge

Voter’s Edge Website

A quick way to see your polling place and ballot and get access to a lot more information about any California candidate or ballot measure than offered in the voter guide. This site offers unbiased factual details on the content of each ballot measure and the funding of each candidate, who is funding them and by how much, who endorses them, and arguments for and against, including articles, editorials, and, if you wish to see them, advertisements.

Electoral College

National Archives Website 

The founding fathers established the Electoral College in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in Congress and election of the president by a vote of the people.  This National Archives site gives a description of the Electoral College and how it works.


League of Women Voters

LWV Website

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, offers information about local, state, and national issues on your ballot. This includes candidates, pros and cons on ballot initiatives , the Easy Voter Guide and more high-quality resources for informed voting. It offers a full schedule of local candidate forums and local ballot information.

Fact Check 

Fact Check Website

This is a highly regarded fact-checking resource. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocate for voters that checks statements by major U.S. political players. They say, 'Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.' A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

PolitiFact

Politifact Website

Despite its amusing vibe, this is another respected fact-checking resource. Researchers fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on a "Truth-O-Meter." PolitiFact was founded by the Tampa Bay Times, and is now run by the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalists.

More Fact Checking Sites  See our list of fact checking sites and tools.

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Who Can Register to Vote in California?

In order to register to vote, a person must be:

A United States citizen & a resident of California

18 years old or older on Election Day 

Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony

Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.

Homeless Voters

Courts have ruled that a homeless person may register to vote at a location they state is the place where they spend most of their time. 

You must provide a description of the location that is clear enough for the elections official to establish your right to vote in a particular precinct. This ensures accurate elections materials can be provided to you.  

To get elections materials by mail, a homeless voter must provide a mailing address such as a p.o. box or shelter address.

Your Right to Vote

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.


United States Constitution, Amendments 
15, 19, and 26 


I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me, or the driver at my heels, with his whip in hand, commanding me to ge-wo-haw, just at his pleasure.  
 
 – Davy Crockett, from the last lines of ’A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett’ (1834).

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That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything.

   -- Lou Henry Hoover, Address to Bryn Mawr College Students, April 1920