Voting in California

This Year Bail Is on the Ballot – Here Is Your Chance to Be Heard

Along with the presidential election, the November 2020 ballot has a lot of propositions that could deeply impact Californians. Registered voters will have the opportunity to choose local leaders such as city council members and school board trustees, as well as be heard on a number of issues. In California, some of the most highly anticipated propositions include:

  • Proposition 16: affirmative action
  • Proposition 17 and 18: voting rights
  • Proposition 19: property taxes
  • Proposition 21: rent control
  • Proposition 25: bail

If you would like to get registered to vote, visit the California Secretary of State website. You can also print and mail in your voter registration. In order to vote, however, you must be registered in order to exercise your right. All registered voters will receive a mail-in ballot. This means that you have the option to fill out your ballot at home and mail it in, take it to a drop-off location, or vote in person.

Early voting in California begins October 5. Election day is November 3, 2020, and all mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day. If you choose to vote in person, your polling place is determined by the county you live in. You can find your polling place here.

Proposition 25 is a referendum on SB10. A “yes” vote on the law would uphold the legislation which would replace California’s bail system with a pretrial risk assessment tool. A “no” vote would repeal the law. Opponents to SB10 agree that the pretrial risk assessment program is not a good alternative to the bail system. Organizations representing a number of different groups all oppose the bill including the American Bail Coalition and the ACLU.

According to the Sample Ballot provided to registered voters in the state, the fiscal impact of Proposition 25 could be significant. A “yes” vote could bring increased costs “possibly in mid hundreds of millions of dollars annually for a new process for release from jail prior to trial.”