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Seniors!! Graduation isn’t the only thing to look forward to in June. Election day is June 7th! Here is some important information for you all as you fulfill your civic duty of voting. This article provides information on how and when to vote, what you will be voting on, what changes redistricting has made to the 2022 races, and how to decide on who to vote for if you are unsure.

The California primary election is on June 7th. “Primary” means that it narrows down the list of candidates for the general election in November. To vote in this election, you must be eighteen years of age by election day (early June babies can still vote!) and you must be a United States citizen.

To register to vote go to: https://registertovote.ca.gov/ orhttps://www.smcacre.org/elections/voter-registration

The last day to register online is MAY 23rd. If you miss this deadline, you can still register to vote  in person. Use this site: https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/ to find local locations where you can register until June 7th. And yes, you can register to vote AND vote on June 7th. If you miss this election, or decide you would rather vote in the November general election, that is totally fine! Just make sure that you register by November 8th.

*If you have already registered to vote, and have not received your ballot, use this link: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/

*Please also note the California primary is a non partisan top-two primary. This means that the top two vote earners in each election advance to the general election regardless of party status. This means that two Republican, Democrats, Independence, or members of another party can advance to the general election. To learn more use this: https://ballotpedia.org/Top-two_primary

Important Dates

May 23:  Last day to register to vote (YOU CAN STILL REGISTER AFTER THIS DATE)

May 24-June 7:  Conditional, “same day” voter registration available at all voting sites and county election offices (THIS MEANS YOU MUST GO IN PERSON TO REGISTER)

May 28:  11-day vote centers open (limited number of voting centers)

June 4:  4-day vote centers open (very many voting centers open)

June 7:  Election Day – polling places and vote centers are open statewide 7am – 8pm (all statewide voting centers open)

If you receive your ballot in the mail, you MUST put it in the mail by June 7th to have it count. Yes, you still can mail your ballot on election day!

When filling out the ballot, only choose ONE candidate for each office. You are allowed to skip races, but DO NOT vote for two candidates for the same office.

Here is a breakdown of the races on the California 2022 primary ballot:

National Legislative Races:

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives 

State offices:

Governor

Lieutenant Governor

All of California’s 80 state assembly districts

One third of state Senate Seats

Attorney General

Secretary of State

State Treasurer

Controller

Insurance Commissioner

Superintendent of Student Instruction

All four board of equalization districts

San Mateo County Races:

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge

San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools

Controller

Coroner

Sherriff

Treasurer/Tax Collector

District Attorney

Assessor/County Clerk/Recorder

Other:

Ballot initiatives (these depend on where you live)

Citywide races (these depend on where you live)

To learn about all candidates running for office in California use these links: ​​https://ballotpedia.org/California_elections,_2022

https://www.sfchronicle.com/projects/2022/california-voter-guide-june/

To look up which Congressional district you will be voting in go to: https://calmatters.org/politics/2022/01/california-election-new-districts-lookup/

To learn more about California redistricting and its effect on the M-A community refer to another M-A Chronicle story: https://www.machronicle.com/california-redistricting-further-divides-m-a-community/

*Note: If you live in Suburban Park,Lorelei Manor,Flood Park Triangle, or The Willows, your Congressional district VERY LIKELY changed. Please be conscious of what district you now live in when voting in the CA 2022 primary election. If you live in Portola Valley, or most of Menlo Park, you will be voting in the 16th Congressional district currently represented by Anna Eshoo. If you live in East Palo Alto or parts of east Menlo Park you will be voting in the 15th district currently represented by Jackie Speier, however she is not running for re-election.

To explore the candidates running in these congressional districts, use the following links:

15th district: https://ballotpedia.org/California%27s_15th_Congressional_District_election,_2022

16th district: https://ballotpedia.org/California%27s_16th_Congressional_District_election,_2022

For the state assembly election the district lines are a bit more clear. If you live in all parts of Portola Valley and Menlo Park, you will be voting in the 23rd state assembly district. If you live in East Palo Alto you will be voting in the 21st state assembly district.

If you are unsure of who to vote for here are some resources that might help you decide: 

 

Sample Ballot Lookup:

Input your home address into this site, and it will tell you exactly who will show up on your ballot. 

https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

Compare candidates:

https://kqed.votersedge.org/ca/en/election/2022-06-07/san-mateo-county

Political quiz:

Fill out this quiz and it will tell you which candidates most line up with your political views. You DO NOT need to fill out every question to get results. https://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz

California State Voting Guide:

This guide is quite extensive and all of the information about this June’s elections. It also includes candidate statements which you can read to assess your choices

English version

Spanish version 

Seniors!! Graduation isn’t the only thing to look forward to in June. Election day is June 7th! Here is some important information for you all as you fulfill your civic duty of voting. This article provides information on how and when to vote, what you will be voting on, what changes redistricting has made to the 2022 races, and how to decide on who to vote for if you are unsure.

The California primary election is on June 7th. “Primary” means that it narrows down the list of candidates for the general election in November. To vote in this election, you must be eighteen years of age by election day (early June babies can still vote!) and you must be a United States citizen.

To register to vote go to: https://registertovote.ca.gov/ orhttps://www.smcacre.org/elections/voter-registration

The last day to register online is MAY 23rd. If you miss this deadline, you can still register to vote  in person. Use this site: https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/ to find local locations where you can register until June 7th. And yes, you can register to vote AND vote on June 7th. If you miss this election, or decide you would rather vote in the November general election, that is totally fine! Just make sure that you register by November 8th.

*If you have already registered to vote, and have not received your ballot, use this link: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/

*Please also note the California primary is a non partisan top-two primary. This means that the top two vote earners in each election advance to the general election regardless of party status. This means that two Republican, Democrats, Independence, or members of another party can advance to the general election. To learn more use this: https://ballotpedia.org/Top-two_primary

Important Dates

May 23:  Last day to register to vote (YOU CAN STILL REGISTER AFTER THIS DATE)

May 24-June 7:  Conditional, “same day” voter registration available at all voting sites and county election offices (THIS MEANS YOU MUST GO IN PERSON TO REGISTER)

May 28:  11-day vote centers open (limited number of voting centers)

June 4:  4-day vote centers open (very many voting centers open)

June 7:  Election Day – polling places and vote centers are open statewide 7am – 8pm (all statewide voting centers open)

If you receive your ballot in the mail, you MUST put it in the mail by June 7th to have it count. Yes, you still can mail your ballot on election day!

When filling out the ballot, only choose ONE candidate for each office. You are allowed to skip races, but DO NOT vote for two candidates for the same office.

Here is a breakdown of the races on the California 2022 primary ballot:

National Legislative Races:

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives 

State offices:

Governor

Lieutenant Governor

All of California’s 80 state assembly districts

One third of state Senate Seats

Attorney General

Secretary of State

State Treasurer

Controller

Insurance Commissioner

Superintendent of Student Instruction

All four board of equalization districts

San Mateo County Races:

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge

San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools

Controller

Coroner

Sherriff

Treasurer/Tax Collector

District Attorney

Assessor/County Clerk/Recorder

Other:

Ballot initiatives (these depend on where you live)

Citywide races (these depend on where you live)

To learn about all candidates running for office in California use these links: ​​https://ballotpedia.org/California_elections,_2022

https://www.sfchronicle.com/projects/2022/california-voter-guide-june/

To look up which Congressional district you will be voting in go to: https://calmatters.org/politics/2022/01/california-election-new-districts-lookup/

To learn more about California redistricting and its effect on the M-A community refer to another M-A Chronicle story: https://www.machronicle.com/california-redistricting-further-divides-m-a-community/

*Note: If you live in Suburban Park,Lorelei Manor,Flood Park Triangle, or The Willows, your Congressional district VERY LIKELY changed. Please be conscious of what district you now live in when voting in the CA 2022 primary election. If you live in Portola Valley, or most of Menlo Park, you will be voting in the 16th Congressional district currently represented by Anna Eshoo. If you live in East Palo Alto or parts of east Menlo Park you will be voting in the 15th district currently represented by Jackie Speier, however she is not running for re-election.

To explore the candidates running in these congressional districts, use the following links:

15th district: https://ballotpedia.org/California%27s_15th_Congressional_District_election,_2022

16th district: https://ballotpedia.org/California%27s_16th_Congressional_District_election,_2022

For the state assembly election the district lines are a bit more clear. If you live in all parts of Portola Valley and Menlo Park, you will be voting in the 23rd state assembly district. If you live in East Palo Alto you will be voting in the 21st state assembly district.

If you are unsure of who to vote for here are some resources that might help you decide: 

 

Sample Ballot Lookup:

Input your home address into this site, and it will tell you exactly who will show up on your ballot. 

https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

Compare candidates:

https://kqed.votersedge.org/ca/en/election/2022-06-07/san-mateo-county

Political quiz:

Fill out this quiz and it will tell you which candidates most line up with your political views. You DO NOT need to fill out every question to get results. https://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz

California State Voting Guide:

This guide is quite extensive and all of the information about this June’s elections. It also includes candidate statements which you can read to assess your choices

English version

Spanish version 

Elias Chane

Elias Chane is a senior at M-A this year. He enjoys writing opinion pieces, and about politics. Elias is excited to be a part of journalism this year and looks forward to writing many incredible articles.

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