KRON4’s Voter Guide to the 2020 Presidential Election

Your Local Election HQ

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – The 2020 Presidential Election is right around the corner — November 3.

To make sure your 2020 voting experience goes smoothly, follow the steps below:

How do I register to vote in California?

It’s not too late to register to vote!

All you need to do is fill out the registration application online ahead of time.

Submit your application by E-15, which is 15 days prior to Election Day.

If you procrastinate and it’s now within 15 days until Election Day, don’t worry. You will need to fill out a registration form as a Same-Day Voter.

Once you fill out the application, you are not automatically registered. County elections officials must still verify the application.

Need to find out if you are registered and where? CLICK HERE to check if you are a registered voter.

How do I check my registration status?

AlamedaWebsite: CLICK HERE
Call: (510) 272-6933
Contra CostaWebsite: CLICK HERE
Call: (925) 335-7800
Marin Website: CLICK HERE
Call: (415) 499-6456
NapaWebsite: CLICK HERE
Call: (707) 253-4321
San Francisco Website: CLICK HERE
Call: (415) 554-4375
San MateoWebsite: CLICK HERE
Call: (650) 312-5222
Santa ClaraWebsite: CLICK HERE
Call: (408) 299-8683
Santa CruzWebsite: CLICK HERE
Call: (831) 454-2060
SolanoWebsite: CLICK HERE
Call: (707) 784-6675
SonomaWebsite: CLICK HERE
Call: (707) 565-6800

Qualifications to Register:

What you need:

  • Your California driver license or California identification card
  • Last four digits of your social security number
  • Your date of birth

Are you 16 or 17?

If you are are interested in voting in the future, CLICK HERE to pre-register.

Once you’re pre-registered, you will be automatically registered the day you turn 18.


How do I update my registration?

Want to change your political party?

You will need to re-register HERE.

After filling out the registration, the system will search for your information and you will either have:

  • Information found and you authorize officials to use DMV signature? Your electronic signature will be added to your registration after clicking submit.
  • Information found and you don’t have a signature on file through DMV? Print out and sign the paper application. From there, you will need to mail it to your county elections officials.

Once your voter registration is approved, county officials will contact you.

Want to change your name?

You will need to re-register HERE if you legally changed your name.

Before updating your name on your voter record, make sure to update your name on your driver’s license or ID card with DMV.

Want to cancel California voter registration?

In order to cancel your voter registration, you will need to fill out the registration cancellation request form and send it to your county elections officials.

Have questions? You can contact your county elections office or call the Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline at (800) 345-8683.


How do I track my ballot?

Each ballot gets a specific set of numbers unique to each individual voter.

Those numbers are often known as Intelligent Mail Barcodes, which allow the Postal Service to track the ballot.

You can register to track your ballot through California’s voter website by entering basic information such as your name, birthday, and zip code.


How do I volunteer?

Want to be a Statewide Poll Worker?

You can sign up HERE if you are an eligible Californian:

  • Registered California Voter
  • Legal residents of the US who would be eligible to vote except for their citizenship status
  • Eligible high school students

Workers will get paid, but depending on what county you are in, the amount will vary.

As a poll worker, you will help set up and close polling locations, assist voters, help voters understand voting rights, and ensure a smooth and accessible experience.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, poll workers will play a critical role in our democracy,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “County elections officials depend on reliable, dedicated teams of poll workers to make every Election Day run smoothly. This year, many Californians that would normally volunteer are being asked to stay home for their safety, so we need the next generation of poll workers to step-up and meet this moment. Please consider signing up to serve your community and help provide safe, secure in-person voting options—all while getting paid.”

High school volunteers must:

  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be at least 16 years old on Election Day
  • Attend a public or private high school
  • Have at least a 2.5-grade point average
  • Get permission from your parents and school
  • Attend a training session

Ways to vote?

COVID-19 Update

Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20 on May 8 to have a ballot be mailed to all registered voters for the General Election. In-person voting will also be available.

Vote by mail

If you are registered to vote, you will receive a ballot in the mail. This year, you do not need to register to vote by mail.

Counties will begin mailing vote-by-mail ballots on October 5.

To return your ballot, you can:

  • Mail it County Election Officials – Must be postmarked on or before Election Day
  • Return it in person to a polling place or the office of your county elections official no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day
  • Drop it into one of your county’s ballot drop boxes
  • Authorize someone to return the ballot on your behalf – You can have anyone who does not get pain on a per ballot basis return it for you. You must also fill out the authorization section for your ballot to count.

Lost your mail in ballot? You will have to contact your county election officials to apply for a second ballot.

Vote on Election Day

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 3 – The location of your polling place will be printed on the back of the county Voter Information Guide that you get in the mail from your county officials.

Find your polling place:

  • Call (800) 345-8683
  • Visit Website
  • Text ‘Vote’ to GOVOTE (468683

Early Voting

Early in-person voting is offered in some counties at select locations. CLICK HERE to find contact information for your county.

AlamedaTim Dupuis, Registrar of Voters
1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 272-6973
(510) 272-6982 Fax
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Contra CostaCounty Clerk, Recorder and Registrar of Voters
555 Escobar Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 271, Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 335-7800
(925) 335-7838 Fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E-Mail: voter.services@vote.cccounty.us
MarinLynda Roberts, Registrar of Voters
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 121
San Rafael, CA 94903
Mailing Address: P.O. Box E, San Rafael, CA 94913-3904
(415) 473-6456
(415) 473-6447 Fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
E-Mail: elections@marincounty.org
NapaJohn Tuteur, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk
Napa County Registrar of Voters
1127 First St. Ste. E
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 253-4321
(707) 253-4390 Fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E-Mail: elections@co.napa.ca.us
San FranciscoJohn Arntz, Director of Elections
1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102-4635
(415) 554-4375
(415) 554-7344 Fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E-Mail: sfvote@sfgov.org
San MateoMark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Registration-Elections Division
40 Tower Road
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 312-5222
(650) 312-5348 Fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E-Mail: registrar@smcacre.org
Santa ClaraShannon Bushey, Registrar of Voters
1555 Berger Drive, Bldg. 2
San Jose, CA 95112
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 611360, San Jose, CA 95161-1360
(408) 299-8683
(866) 430-8683
(408) 998-7314 Fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E-Mail: registrar@rov.sccgov.org
Santa CruzGail Pellerin, County Clerk
701 Ocean Street, Room 310
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 454-2060
(831) 454-2445 Fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E-Mail: gail.pellerin@santacruzcounty.us
SolanoTimothy Flanagan, Registrar of Voters
675 Texas Street, Suite 2600
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 784-6675
(888) 933-8683
(707) 784-6678 Fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E-Mail: elections@solanocounty.com
SonomaDeva Marie Proto, County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters
435 Fiscal Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11485, Santa Rosa, CA 95406-1485
(707) 565-6800
(800) 750-8683
(707) 565-6843 Fax
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E-Mail: rov-info@sonoma-county.org

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