Trying to figure out one of California's complicated ballots while standing at the polling place can feel intimidating for anyone – whether you're a new or experienced voter. The best way to vote is to make your voting decisions ahead of time, mark them on your Sample Ballot or Vote Notes and have it with you when you vote.
Most importantly, our research shows that turnout rates for new voters can be increased by providing them with user-friendly nonpartisan information about what they are voting on.
Here are some nonpartisan sources you can use to help voters understand what is on the ballot:
Easy Voter Guide
The Easy Voter Guide gives easy-to-read descriptions of the candidates and ballot measures for each statewide election in California – perfect for new voters and busy voters.
- Read the guide online
- Download a free copy of the 16-page booklet
- Find out where to pick up a free Easy Voter Guide booklet
- Download a free copy of Vote Notes
by clicking The Easy Voter Guide for the next election
This official booklet is mailed to each voter by their county elections office. It lists everything being voted on in the current election, including information on local candidates and propositions. It also tells voters where to find their polling place.
Voter Information Guide
Mailed to each voter by the California Secretary of State's elections office, this official booklet has information about statewide candidates and propositions.
Information about state and local elections and candidates produced by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.
Links about campaign finances, district maps and voting technology.
A national resource with information about candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings.