California Elections

Quick guide for the procrastinating voter

Sacramento Bee Staff

The 2016 campaign is coming to an end -- finally -- and all that's left to do is vote (if you haven't already), and watch the results roll in.

Besides participating in one of the most contentious presidential races in memory, Californians will elect their first new United States senator in 24 years, make decisions on 17 statewide ballot measures and select a variety of congressional, legislative and local officeholders.

Here are some quick links to help you make those final voting decisions, make sure your ballot gets counted, and see who won.

Burning questions voters have as we close in on Nov. 8:

▪  Why are there so many propositions on the California ballot? Answer here (including a song!).

What you need to know about California’s 17 ballot measures

These people want to influence your vote on California's propositions

▪  What are the Sacramento-area races I should know about? Five races to watch

▪  How do I decide between the candidates for U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris or Loretta Sanchez? Here’s a quick guide.

▪  How do I decide between the candidates for Congress from District 7, Ami Bera or Scott Jones? Here’s a cheat sheet.

▪  Who is The Sacramento Bee endorsing -- and why?

This all sounds a bit cumbersome. Let’s break it down:

▪  Use the Voter Guide to create your sample ballot and learn about the candidates and measures. Print, email or share your ballot summary. (But don’t say we didn’t warn you, there’s a lot on the ballot. In fact, the California Secretary of State’s voter guide is longer than ‘Grapes of Wrath,’ shorter than ‘Crime and Punishment’.)

▪  Find your polling place.

▪  Know where to drop off your mail ballot.

▪  Check to see if you’re registered. (19 million Californians are.)

Is voting really worth the trouble? You betcha.

▪  Four reasons you shouldn’t just “forget” to vote.

▪  See if your neighbors vote.

▪  Snap a selfie while you’re at it?

Best ways to follow election news on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning:

▪  See California and local returns after the polls close at 8 p.m. Choose which races you want to monitor.

▪  Sign up now for Breaking News and Capitol Alert email alerts to your inbox.

▪  Download the Sacramento Bee app (iPhone/iPad or Android) and enable push notifications.

▪  Follow presidential, national, state and local election news at

▪  Is commentary your thing? Get on The Take.

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