Prepping for the Primary: Is Your Voter Registration Up to Date?
Thursday, March 10, 2022
The primary election is coming up in just three months, so it's time to make sure your voter registration is up to date.
A lot of people moved during the pandemic - so you can update your records at registertovote.ca.gov. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in early May.
Carol Moon Goldberg, president of the League of Women Voters, said the biggest mistake people make is forgetting to sign the envelope.
"Be sure to sign the envelope when the ballot is being returned," said Moon Goldberg. "That has been traditionally the number one reason that a ballot has not been counted."
Legislative boundaries changed with redistricting, so you may find yourself in a different district with new candidates running.
You'll find a trove of information on the Secretary of State's website or at the League of Women Voters' site: votersedge.org.
Moon Goldberg said the state takes multiple precautions to make sure the ballots are secure. Each ballot has a bar code, and the signature is matched with the one on file.
"The kind of paper, even the tint of the paper and a watermark, is established by the Secretary of State's office," said Moon Goldberg. "Can't go down to Kinko's FedEx and make a copy of one. "
You can sign up for texts that track your ballot at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.
The primaries are open, all candidates from both parties will appear on everyone's ballot, and the top two will compete in the general election, regardless of party affiliation.
the California Secretary of State homepage the California Secretary of State 2022
California Voter Guide: Find in-depth information about what's on your ballot. the League of Women Voters 2022
Tracking your ballot (California)... Where's My Ballot? 2022
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