Your Elected Officials
Use this League of Women Voters tool to identify your representatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Find Your Elected Officials
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