California has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, June 5. Here you’ll find resources for voters, a quick overview of politics in the state, plus some of the key races. Use this information to make your own voting plan and/or share with friends in the state!
California Voter Resources
Registration deadline: May 21
Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
Info for overseas/military voters here
Early voting May 5 – June 4, more info here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Protect Your Vote: California’s Voter Bill of Rights
California Politics: A Snapshot
– 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
– All 53 House Representatives are up for re-election
– Voted +30 for Clinton in 2016
– Partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
State Senate 26 (D) – 13 (R)
State Assembly 53 (D) – 25 (R) plus two vacant seats
It is important to note that California uses the top-two (or jungle) primary system. This means that the top two candidates who receive the most votes, regardless of party, move on to the general. With so many Democrats running in certain districts, it is conceivable that they split the vote so much that it sends two Republicans to the general. Read about that danger here.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The following U.S. House seats have been rated competitive by Cook Political Report.
20 of the 40 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. Republicans can break the Democratic supermajority if they gain 1 seat. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.
All 80 seats in the Assembly are up for re-election this year. The Republicans can break the Democratic supermajority if they gain two seats. A list of the candidates running for the Assembly can be found here.
NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.
A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: California Elections 2018. You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the California Democrats.