Voting

Web resources and information on voting and elections in California and the United States.

  • Voter Registration forms are available at:
    (Call ahead before you go.)
    • Local post offices
    • Libraries
    • City and County government offices. 

  • You can also register online

Stay Informed

  • Registrar of Voters, County of Santa Clara
    Includes information on local elections, candidates, voter registration, polling places, absentee voting, and election results. For assistance call (408) 299-VOTE [8683]

  • California Election and Voter Information
    A directory of links on California ballot measures, candidates, elections, voter registration, and participation provided by the Secretary of State.  

  • 2016 California Voter Information Guide
    Get the main points and arguments for and against each proposition on California's ballot for the 2014 general election.
     
  • Vote's Edge California
    Voter's Edge offers a personalized ballot by address including polling place location, candidate profiles, and ballot measures as well as campaign finance and even more election information.

  • League of Women Voters
    Provides information on the issues, how to register, how to vote, and election information.

  • Project Vote Smart
    Provides information about each candidate and elected officials. Enter a name and get more info including biographical & contact information, voting records, issue positions, public statements, campaign finances and more.
     
  • ServiceVote 2016, Youth Service America
    This is an interactive website that is a hub for young people to engage in the political process by connecting with their peers, voters, and candidates.

Historical Information

Elections - Statistics

Political and Campaign Statements

  • Federal Election Commission
    Users can access statement of candidacy, campaign finance data, report filings and summary information for 2016 presidential candidates.

  • NPR - Stories about Fact Checking
    You can search or browse through fact check to see clarifications of campaign statements.

  • Fact Check
    This nonpartisan nonprofit consumer advocate for voters monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.

Political Finance and Influence

  • Federal Election Commission Disclosure Data Search
    A searchable collection of individual and group filings with the Federal Election Commission.

  • Open Secrets
    From the Center for Responsive Politics, this nonpartisan, nonprofit research group tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy.

  • Govtrack.us
    A website wherein you can track legislation, representative, information, the progress of bills, and financial activities of the U.S. Congress.

  • National Institute of Money in State Politics Follow the Money
    Collection of open data and publicly available information regarding campaign contributions across all states.

  • Maplight
    An online collection of data on campaign contributions designed to help you better understand local, state, and national elections.
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Politics - News

  • C-Span
    Live coverage of federal government proceedings.

  • PBS Election 2016
    Roundup of the 2016 Presidential Campaign from across public media: connecting you to in-depth reporting and analysis on the candidates and the issues this election year.

  • NPR Politics
    Coverage of U.S. and world politics, the latest news from Congress and the White House, and elections.