Resources and information on voting and elections in California and the United States

Registering to vote in Santa Clara County

Forms are available at:
Local post offices, libraries, city and county government offices and online. Call ahead before you go.
Stay Informed
  • MyGovernment
    Locate, research and contact your elected officials - federal, state and local. Library card & PIN required outside of the library
  • 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]
  • 2012 California Proposition Guide
    Get the main points and arguments for and against each proposition on California's ballot for the 2012 general election. Download the printable version.
  • Project Vote Smart
    A national non-profit voluntary effort tracking and providing information; such as voting recordsissue positionscampaign finances, and voter registration.
  • Smart Voter
    From the League of Women Voters of California, this site presents customized, non-partisan information on local and state ballot measures, candidate links, voter registeration materials, past election results, and your personal ballot and polling location.
  • Easy Voter Guide
    From the League of Women Voters of California, this site presents nonpartisan information on local propositions, candidates, educational materials, voter registration information in different languages, and a printable guide. 
  • California Elections and Voter Information
    A directory of links on California ballot measures, candidates, elections, voter registration, and participation provided by the Secretary of State.
  • Elections 2012: Vanderbilt University
    A directory of links on the National Elections of 2012 including the issues, advertisements, campaign finance, statistics, polls, interest groups, news coverage, political parties, and more. 
  • Fact Check
    This nonpartisan noprofit "consumer advocate" for voters monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
  • Open Secrets
    From the Center for Responsive Politics, this non-partisan, non-profit research group tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy.
  • Polling Report
    This nonpartisan resource tracks the polls of American public opinion.
  • Politify
    Provides a platform for analyzing financial projections based on the budget and policies put forth by each presidential candidate. Analysis can be done for personal data or by community both on the local and national level. 
  • Campaign 2012: C-SPAN
    Follows coverage of news and social media about the candidates and events of the 2012 national elections.

Youth Voting: Tools to help engage young people in elections
Many have noted the increased attention and enthusiasm of young people for elections. A number of on-line resources and tools have been created to encourage, inform and engage youth in the political process, including:
  • ServiceVote, Youth Service America
    This is an interactive website that is a hub for young people to engage in the political proccess by connecting with their peers, voters, and candidates.
  • What Kids Can Do – Youth on the Trail 2012
    This national non profit works to provide a youth perspective on the 2012 Presidential Elections, including: stories about the campaign, the candidates, and youth perspectives on the political process.