There are 15 million Latinos in California— the largest ethnic group in the state and the largest Latino population in the nation. There are 6.9 million Latino eligible voters in California— the largest Latino voting bloc in the nation.

More than a third of Latinos eligible to vote in California are millennials, ages 18 to 29! The future of our democracy depends on the participation of Latinos!

The Latino Community Foundation is committed to strengthening our democracy.

Below are several resources for all Californian voters with information on where to find your polling place, what is on the ballot statewide, and your rights as a voter. If there is anything we can assist you with please feel free to contact us directly.

Why Latinos Vote:

  1. The results of the election will directly impact our communities. There are 17 State Propositions on the ballot. The issues on the ballot range from bilingual education in our schools, gun control, repealing or altering the death penalty, tobacco taxes to regulations for prescription drug prices. Depending on where you live, there are numerous other local measures to consider. The results of this election will have an immediate impact on our neighborhoods, families, and children. The ballot measures will also alter the education, healthcare, and criminal justice system. Latinos have the power of shaping these decisions when we Get Out the Vote! To learn more about each of the Ballot Measures, click here.

  2. This is more than just a presidential election! With all the media attention on the national election, it could be easy to forget that there are more than two people to consider voting for in this upcoming election. California electorate will also decide on the next U.S. Senator, 53 U.S. State Representative races, 20 State Senator races, and 80 State Assembly Member races, and a myriad of local council members. Deciding on a Senator, Representative, and Assembly Member can also determine how much the next President can accomplish or what the Governor can achieve. To learn more about who is running for office, click here.

  3. A higher Latino turnout makes our democracy more reflective of our needs and values! In California, whites comprise 43% of the adult population, but 60% are likely to vote—in contrast to the 34% of the Latino adult population with only 17% of whom are likely to vote this election. Elected officials respond to the people who vote and spend significant public resources to communities with high voter turnout. As Latinos increase the percentage of voter turnout (even by a few points), it will have critically important implications on how candidates respond and listen to the issues that matter to Latinos. Our vote is our voice!

Vote by Mail:

  • Registered voters may apply online for a vote by mail ballot by November 1st or go to a county elections office in person to request a vote-by-mail ballot anytime until Election Day.
  • Mailed ballots- must be postmarked on or before November 8th and received by your county elections office no later than November 14th.
  • In-person ballots- must be submitted at any polling place in the county you are registered by 8:00pm (close of polls) on November 8th.
  • Some counties have early ballot drop-off locations!
Visit the Secretary of State’s Vote by Mail website for more information on how to vote by mail.

Vote in Person:
  • Vote anytime between 7:00am and 8:00pm at your polling place. Find your polling place here:
  • Some counties have early voting locations!
  • Employees are eligible for paid time off to vote only if they do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote.
  • You may bring one or two people to help you vote or you may ask a poll worker for assistance. Also, if you can bring a young person with you. Let them experience the power of casting a vote!
  • And, remember, if you are in line waiting to vote at 8 p.m. when the polls close you will be allowed to vote.

Visit the League of Women Voters Voting in Person webpage for more information on voting in person and what to expect.

State Propositions:

There are 17 State Propositions—the most in 15 years—ranging from taxes and drug prices to bilingual education and gun control.

Here is what is on the table this election:

Prop. 51 — Bonds for School Facilities: Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K-12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities.

Prop. 52 — Private Hospital Fees for Medi-Cal: Both an Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute, it extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage.

Prop. 53 — Public Vote on Revenue Bonds: Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion.

Prop. 54 — Changes to the Legislative Process: Prohibits the Legislature from passing any bill unless published on the Internet for 72 hours before a vote; requires the Legislature to record its proceedings and post them on the Internet; and it authorizes the use of recordings.

Prop. 55 — Extend Tax on High Income: Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K-12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare.

Prop. 56 — Tobacco Tax: Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.

Prop. 57 — Parole, Sentencing and Court Procedures: Both an Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute, it allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons; authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education; and provides that a juvenile court judge decides whether a juvenile will be prosecuted as adult.

Prop. 58 — English Language Education: Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English language proficiency. Requires school districts to solicit parent/community input in developing language acquisition programs. Requires instruction to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible. Authorizes school districts to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and non-native English speakers.

Prop. 59 — Political Spending Advisory Question: Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional.

Prop. 60 — Condoms in Adult Films: Requires adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Requires producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations. Requires producers to post condom requirement at film sites.

Prop. 61 — Prescription Drug Costs: Prohibits state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at price over lowest price paid for the drug by United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Exempts managed care programs funded through Medi-Cal.

Prop. 62 — Repealing the Death Penalty: Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution.

Prop. 63 — Gun and Ammunition Sales: Requires background check and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines. Establishes procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by specified persons. Requires Department of Justice’s participation in federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Prop. 64 — Making Recreational Marijuana Legal: Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation.

Prop. 65 — Money from Carry-Out Bags: Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through mandated sale of carryout bags. Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund to support specified environmental projects.

Prop. 66 — Death Penalty Court Procedures: Changes procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods.

Prop. 67 — Plastic Bag Ban: A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, a statute that prohibits grocery and other stores from providing customers single-use plastic or paper carryout bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags.

Visit California Choices: Ballot Measures , KQED: 2016 Election Guide - Ballot Measures, Your America’s Bilingual Election Guide, or Google It! to learn more about these Propositions and what else is on the ballot.

To see everything on your ballot specific to your address or by county, visit Voter’s Edge: California.

Under the Voter Bill of Rights, as a voter in the State of California, you have rights, such as:

  • You do not have to produce any identification unless you are a first time voter who registered by mail. In this case, bring your California driver’s license or identification card.
  • The right to get election materials in a language other than English if enough people in your voting precinct speak that language.
  • Employees are eligible for paid time off to vote only if they do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote.
  • You can cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voter rolls.
  • You may bring one or two people to help you vote or you may ask a poll worker for assistance. No one may tell you who to vote for. You may ask for help using the voting machine, reading the ballot, and marking the ballot.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot you may ask for another one. The ballot scanner is sensitive to marks. If you think you marked incorrectly, ask for a new ballot.
  • If you are in line waiting to vote at 8 p.m. when the polls close you will be allowed to vote.
  • You cannot be harassed at the polls or wear any campaign shirts or buttons when you vote. There may not be any campaign material or campaigning (either for candidates or for measures) in the polling place or within 100 feet from the entrance to the polling place.
  • Someone may be conducting an "exit poll" as you leave the polling place. You do not have to talk with this person or give them any information about how you voted or why.

If you have any concerns about the voting process, speak to the person in charge at the polling place and contact your County Elections Official. To report suspected fraud or misuse of election information, call the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).

Visit Time off to Vote" Notices or Voter Bill of Rights for more information about your rights.

If you missed the October 24th deadline to register, make sure you are registered for this next election!

If you missed the November 2016 election voter registration deadline of October 24th, still register to vote! The next local elections start in March 2017 and the Governor’s election is November 2018!