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Ballot Information for Humboldt County CA
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.
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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.
Voter’s Edge 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 Voter Registration
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.)
California’s Official Voter Information Guide
This page links to the current voter information booklet with California’s ballot measures. Read online, download, get an audio version, or get the guide in another language including Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, and others.
California Policy & Political News
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
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.
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.
Humboldt County Elections Office
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.
League of Women Voters
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.
Political Fact Check
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."
Despite its goofy vibe, this is another respected fact-checking resource. Reporters and editors from the Tampa Bay Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on a "Truth-O-Meter."
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.
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.
The person must provide a description of the location that is clear enough for the elections official to establish that person’s right to vote in a particular precinct. This ensures accurate elections materials can be provided to this voter.
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).
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