Visit the following websites, selected for you by librarians, for more information on this topic.
Voter Information Guides
- Easy Voter Guide - California – Nonpartisan information about why vote, how to vote and what’s on the ballot, in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.
- Official Voter Information Guide for California – Summaries of state ballot measures with impartial analysis and potential costs, in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.
- Smart Voter - California – Unbiased state and local voting information from the League of Women Voters includes sample ballots, candidate and ballot measure information, voter registration.
- Calmatters Nov 2020 Election Guide – Nonprofit, nonpartisan California-centered news site provides a guide to the national and state candidates and ballot measures. Features 1-minute videos on each Proposition.
- Vote411 – Find your polling place, learn about voting procedures.
- Voter's Edge – Get in-depth information about what's on your ballot.
Vote by Mail, Drop-off, & Early Voting
- Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters: Get the details on voting by mail, drop-off sites, and early voting hours and locations. Several drop-off and early voting sites are San José Public Library locations, so you can pick up your library items at the same time!
- For Santa Clara County Residents – (408-299-8683) Register to vote, find your polling place, learn about candidates and measures, get election results – in English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese.
- For Other California Residents – Register to vote, find your polling place, learn about candidates and measures, get election results – in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.
Elections - History
Elections - Statistics
- California Local and Statewide Election Ballot Lists and Results, 1997–present
- California Election Data Files, 1992–present
Political and Campaign Statements
- Fact Check – A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics by monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players.
- PolitiFact – A fact-checking website, run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.
Political Finance and Influence
- Cal-Access – Financial information on state candidates, donors, lobbyists.
- National Institute on Money in State Politics – A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states.
- Open Secrets.org: The Online Source for Money in Politics – Federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis.
Politics - News
- C-SPAN – Live coverage.
- Politics 1 – Campaign and party information for candidates in political races, nationwide.
- Rough and Tumble – A snapshot of California public policy and politics based on reporting from multiple publications.
- San Jose Inside Blog – behind-the-scenes coverage of local politics in Silicon Valley.