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How to Vote in the 2022 California Primary

Last updated on Jun 01, 2022

STEP 1: MAKE A VOTING PLAN

Check your voter status.

First, you should confirm that you're registered to vote by checking your California voter status on this website. If you've registered, you'll automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed on May 9, 2022, to every active, registered voter in California. If you register after that date, then you'll receive your ballot later.

Go to the ballottrax website to track the status of your ballot through every step of the election process. You can also opt in to receive automatic notifications on the status of your vote-by-mail ballot by text message, email, or voice call.

You are only eligible to vote in this election if you are registered to vote in California. Click here if you need to register.

Decide how you will cast your vote.

The COVID-19 pandemic and current United States Postal Service delays are impacting the upcoming election so we highly recommend that you VOTE EARLY to ensure that your ballot is counted. Whenever possible, it’s better to drop off your ballot at a local Elections dropoff box than to mail it. Or you can vote early in person where you won’t have to stand in long lines to vote and you can more easily practice socially distancing. But if you do plan to vote in person on Election Day, be sure to look up your polling place in advance so you can plan how to get there.

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Time Off to Vote for Employees

As noted in the staff handbook, CCA employees may take a maximum of two hours off from work to vote in a statewide election without loss of pay. They should take this time off at the beginning or end of the regular shift, and when possible give their supervisor at least two days’ notice. Here is a link to the state-issued Time Off to Vote poster.

Remember these key dates.

May 9, 2022: Vote-by-mail ballots are sent out to all registered voters.

May 23, 2022: Last day to register to vote and receive a ballot in the mail. After May 23, anyone who is eligible to vote can still register conditionally and vote provisionally in person at the City Hall Voting Center or a polling place.

June 6, 2022: Last day to vote early in person.

ELECTION DAY, June 7, 2022: All polling places are open for vote-by-mail ballot dropoff and in-person voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To be counted, ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before June 7. We recommend that you mail your ballot no later than Tuesday, May 31. Ballots returned in person must be hand-delivered to a drop-off station or a polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day, June 7.

STEP 2: RESEARCH YOUR BALLOT

Your primary Election ballot will include candidates for U.S. Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General,  Insurance Commissioner, Member of State Board of Equalization, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, U.S. Representative in Congress, State Senator, State Assembly Member, as well as other local candidates. Official State and County Voter Information Guides will be mailed to every active registered voter household in the State. The Official Voter Information Guides will have information on these candidates.

There are two contests for U.S. Senate on this ballot. You can vote for both contests.

Ballotpedia and Voter's Edge both have prepared Election guides.

STEP 3: VOTE!

How to VOTE EARLY (strongly recommended).

The COVID-19 pandemic and current United States Postal Service delays are impacting the upcoming election so we highly recommend that you VOTE EARLY to ensure that your ballot is counted. Whenever possible, it’s better to drop off your ballot at a local Elections dropoff box than to mail it. Voters may return their ballots to any official ballot drop-off station or polling place in California. Or you can vote early in person where you won’t have to stand in long lines to vote and you can more easily practice socially distancing.

How to vote on Election Day.

We strongly recommend that you VOTE EARLY but if for some reason you can't, here's how you can vote ON Election Day:

Be sure to look up your polling place in advance so you can plan how to get there. If you live in San Francisco student housing, your polling place will be on the ground floor of Blattner Hall (75 Arkansas Street). A ballot box will be available here for anyone to drop off their vote-by-mail ballots on Election Day.

IMPORTANT TIP: There could be long lines at your polling place on Election Day so please vote early if at all possible. If you are a first-time voter, you may be asked to provide a form of photo or residence identification so please bring that with you.

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