Polls are open in California

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Today, California voters will head to the polls to vote in the general elections for U.S. Senator, U.S. House of Representatives, Statewide Constitutional offices, and State Legislative offices, 11 statewide propositions and numerous local elections. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those without transportation to the polls can receive assistance getting there. Registered voters can call for a ride to the polls or other voting information by calling (530) 926-0940 in Siskiyou County, said Frank Treadway, the Ride to the Polls coordinator.

“Election Day is finally here. And voter registration is at an all-time high, so it should be an exciting day for democracy in California,” stated Secretary of State Alex Padilla in a press release.

He noted that the Secretary of State’s office provides many resources for voters before they head to the polls on Election Day. Californians can look-up their polling place online at: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/. California voters have the right to cast a ballot, as long as they are in line to vote at the polls by 8 p.m. Voters who still have their vote-by-mail ballot can drop it off at any polling location, vote center or ballot dropbox.

“Californians who need to do last minute homework on the 11 statewide propositions can check out the Quick Guide to Props at: http://quickguidetoprops.sos.ca.gov/. The statewide Voter Information Guide is also available online in 10 languages at: http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/.

Conditional Voter Registration

“There is also a new opportunity for California citizens who missed the voter registration deadline – conditional voter registration,” Padilla said. “If you missed the regular voter registration deadline, you may not be able to vote at your local polling place on Election Day, but you still have an opportunity to cast a ballot. Simply go to your county election office – or a designated satellite location – and complete the conditional voter registration process by filling out a voter registration card and a ballot. Once county elections officials complete the standard voter registration verification process, your ballot will be processed and your vote will be counted,” Padilla added.

More information on conditional voter registration is available at:


Go to the website https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/for a list of conditional voter registration locations and ballot drop off locations.

Californians who are unsure of their voter registration status can quickly check it online at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov

Voter Bill of Rights

Padilla states in the release, “In California we have a Voter Bill of Rights, so that every eligible voter can cast a ballot easily, confidentially, and free from intimidation. The California Voter Bill of Rights is printed in the Voter Information Guide, which was sent to every voting household in the state, and will also be posted in every polling place and vote center on Election Day. The Voter Bill of Rights is available online in ten languages: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-bill-rights/.

“The Secretary of State’s office also released a video outlining the California Voter Bill of Rights in English and Spanish. It only takes minutes to review your rights before heading to the polls.”

The California Voter Bill of Rights is available online in 10 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Voter Hotline

“The Secretary of State's office also operates a toll free voter hotline. Voters can call to ask election-related questions, to file complaints, or to confidentially report suspected election fraud or voter intimidation,” Padilla said.

Voter Hotlines:

(800) 345-VOTE (8683) - English

(800) 232-VOTA (8682) - español / Spanish

(800) 339-2857 - 中文 / Chinese

(888) 345-2692 - हिन्दी / Hindi

(800) 339-2865 - 日本語 / Japanese

(888) 345-4917 - ខ្មែរ / Khmer

(866) 575-1558 - 한국어 / Korean

(800) 339-2957 - Tagalog

(855) 345-3933 - ภาษาไทย / Thai

(800) 339-8163 - Việt ngữ / Vietnamese

(800) 833-8683 - TTY/TDD