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Voter Information


Information about voter registration and voting, your ballot for the next election and archives of candidate statements in past elections.

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

See information about registering to vote in California: deadlines, cost, requirements, how to register, political parties, registration drives, living overseas, etc.

Monterey County Elections

Also, Monterey County Elections covers voter registration and local election information.

Voter Forums

Election Related Forums

SHERIFF: The Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee and the LWVMC will present a Monterey County Sheriff Forum Friday, September 12, 2014 Will's Fargo Restaurant, 16 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924 12 pm: Lunch and Forum begin Lunch is $20 (cash/check) Reservations are required: call Deb Monnastes at (831) 594-5591 by Wednesday, September 10th. Candidates for Monterey County Sheriff: Steve Bernal / Scott Miller (incumbent)

PACIFIC GROVE: The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce and LWVMC will present a Pacific Grove Mayor and City Council Forum Tuesday, September 23, 2014 PG Community Center, 515 Junipero Avenue, PG CA 93950 6:00 pm: Meet and greet; submit written questions for candidates 6:30 pm: Forum begins Candidates for Mayor: Bill Kampe (incumbent) / John M. Moore Candidates for City Council Candidates: Brian Brooks / Shannon Cardwell / Ken Cuneo (incumbent) / Rudy Fischer (incumbent) / Robert Pacelli / Bill Peake

SEASIDE: The Monterey County Branch of NAACP, Seaside Voter Education Center, Sustainable Seaside, and the LWVMC will present Seaside Mayor, Seaside City Council, and Monterey County Sheriff Forums Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955 6:15 pm: Information tables; submit written questions for candidates 6:45 pm: Introductions 6:50 pm: Mayoral and City Council Forum 8:10 pm: Break 8:20 pm: Sheriff Forum Candidates for Seaside Mayor: Felix Bachofner / Ralph Rubio (incumbent) Candidates for Seaside City Council: Dennis Alexander / Jason Campbell / Alvin Edwards (incumbent) / Ronald Guth Candidates for County Sheriff: Steve Bernal / Scott Miller (incumbent)

MONTEREY: The New Monterey Neighborhood Association and LWVMC will present Monterey Peninsula Airport Board and Monterey City Council Forums Monday, September 29, 2014 Hilltop Park Center, 871 Jessie Street, Monterey, CA 93940 6:30 - 6:45 pm: Meet and greet; submit written questions for airport board candidates 6:45 - 7:30 pm: Airport Board candidate forum 7:30 - 7:40 pm: Break; submit written questions for city council candidates 7:40 - 8:50 pm: Council candidate forum Candidates for Monterey Peninsula Airport Board: Carl Miller (incumbent) / Matthew Nelson (incumbent) / Dan Presser Candidates for Monterey City Council: Timothy Barrett / Hansen Reed / Nancy Selfridge (incumbent) / Ed Smith


Monterey County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2014

Voter Information

Smart Voter

Smart Voter: Key in your address and zip code, see the contests on your ballot. Then click away and find information on candidates and ballot measures -- from the League and other nonpartisan sources. Archives of past elections available with election results. Go to Smart Voter

See more information on How to Vote in California: preparing to vote, voting (in person, by mail, if you've moved), voting rights, take a friend to vote, results of past elections, etc.


State Ballot Initiatives Pro/Con Arguments

Local County Measures

Measure Q

Easy Voter Guide The Easy Voter Guide helps new voters and busy voters learn about how to vote and what will be on the ballot in statewide elections. It also helps people learn how to make change in their community

How To Pick A Candidate

Need help deciding which candidate to vote for? Read "Judge a Candidate" from the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

Open Congress

Want information on legislation in Congress? See the "official government data with news and blog coverage to give you the real story behind each bill" at OpenCongress

Mock Elections for Students

As part of voter education, each primary and general election, the Leagues of Women Voters of the Salinas Valley and of the Monterey Peninsula provide a Mock Election for grades 4-12 in Monterey and San Benito Counties. We have curricular materials for teachers that help meet the California Public Schools Content Standards. More information, helpful links, and teaching materials are available on the Mock Election website.