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California Primary Election: What You Need To Know


The California Primary election is June 7. Here are some election-related tips, voters should consider before heading to the polls.

You Can Vote Early Or By Mail

If you're a registered voter, you can go to a county elections office in person and request a vote-by-mail ballot. If you want to get ahead of the game and still like that fresh-voting-booth smell, the counties in our region with early voting include: 

You can drop your vote-by-mail ballot off at any polling place in your county on Election Day.
Plan Your Election Day
First, find your polling place. You can look up that information here. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. on June 7. If you are in line when the clock strikes 8 p.m., you'll be allowed to vote. State law allows workers to take up to two hours off to vote, without loss of pay, although you have to give your employer two working days notice. 

Familiarize Yourself With Your Rights

Read through the Voter Bill of Rights online in ten different languages. 

No-Party Preference

If you registered with "no-party preference," you may choose between Democratic Party, American Independent Party or Libertarian Party ballots for the presidential primary. If you don't specify, you'll be given a nonpartisan ballot.

If you already received a vote-by-mail ballot and would like to vote for a presidential candidate, you can bring in your ballot and exchange it for the party you want.

Get Informed

The CapRadio voter guide is here to help you through the voting process. Educate yourself about the issue and the candidates. Head the polls confidently armed with the power of knowledge. 

Don't Wear Campaign Materials To The Polls

In California, it's illegal to impede or interfere with anyone's right to vote. You can't campaign for votes, wear campaign garb, coerce, influence, discourage or interfere with any voter within 100 feet of a polling place. 


- Capital Public Radio Staff


Source: Secretary Of State's Office

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