Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – Presidential General Election
General Election: A final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are the people who won their party’s primary election. General elections happen at a local, state, and national level.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all active registered voters will receive a ballot by mail
- The Voter Information Guide will be mailed starting Thursday, Sep 24
- Ballots will be mailed starting Monday, Oct 5 – expect 5-7 days for delivery
- Ballot drop boxes will be available throughout the county – available Tuesday, Oct 6 – Tuesday, Nov 3
- Early in-person voting options will be available – Polling places open from Saturday, Oct 31 – Tuesday, Nov 3 (7:00 am to 8:00 pm); list of Polling places
Track your Ballot: from Mailed to Counted – Sign up NOW to track when your ballot was mailed, received, and counted
Voter’s Edge California – online voter guide for California
Voter Registration Deadline:
- Monday, October 19
- Register to Vote (Online)
More Information About What’s New
Postcard Mailed to All Active Registered Voters
- What To Know: Voters are receiving a postcard with information about the November election and the opportunity to update their signature. This is a legitimate mailing from the Marin County Elections Department.
- What To Do: All voters have a signature on file from when they registered to vote – this update is optional. To seal the postcard, fold the top half to cover the signature and seal with a piece of tape. Postcards are reproduced here: Vote-By-Mail postcard[PDF]; Postcard for voters who vote at the polls[PDF].
Everyone Votes By Mail
- What To Know: to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and well-being of poll workers and voters, every active registered voter will automatically receive a ballot in the mail.
Voting by mail is free (postage paid), plus convenient and secure – by law, signatures on vote by mail return envelopes must be verified before the ballot may be counted.
- What To Do: Please vote by mail to protect your health; avoid crowds and long lines at polling places. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (Tuesday, Nov 3) and received in the Elections Department by Friday, Nov 20.
If you prefer, you can hand-deliver your voted ballot to any ballot drop box between Tuesday, Oct 6 and Tuesday, Nov 3 at 8pm. (For more information about how to vote by mail, how your ballot is processed, how to mark your ballot, or how to replace a lost ballot, visit the County VotingByMail page.)
Are You Registered?
- What To Know: Vote by mail ballots will automatically be mailed to every active, registered voter.
- What To Do: First, check that you are registered at My Voter Status on the California Secretary of State website. If your residence address is not correct or you are not registered, fill out a new registration form. Do this early to avoid delays getting your ballot in the mail. The deadline to register is Monday, Oct 19. After that date, registration options change (here is the link to Same Day / Conditional Voter Registration).
Polling Places Have Changed!
- What To Know: Because every active, registered voter will automatically receive a ballot in the mail and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there will be much fewer polling places. However, polling places will be available for four days – Saturday, Oct 31 through Tuesday, Nov 3.
- What To Do: Please vote by mail to protect your health and to help reduce crowds and long lines at polling places. If you must vote in person, go early to avoid long lines and crowds. If it’s too late to return your ballot by mail, you may hand-deliver a voted ballot to any polling place before the polls close (at 8 pm on Tue Nov 3). A list of all Marin County polling places has been posted, as well as a list of drop boxes.
Marin County Election Info – please check here as information continues to be updated
Questions? Call Marin County Elections Dept: 415-473-6456, M-F 8-4:30
Become an Informed Voter
California on Ballotpedia (from Ballotpedia, an online encyclopedia of politics and elections)
CSPAN: Campaign 2020 (Presidential campaign videos, candidate information and election results)
FactCheck (monitors factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases; a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania)
League of Women Voters of Marin County (local chapter of the nonpartisan, activist, grassroots organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy)
Open Secrets (nonpartisan information about the influence of money on politics; from The Center for Responsive Politics)
PolitiFact (nonpartisan fact checking organization that focuses on national political figures; founded by the Tampa Bay Times and now operated by the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida)
Project Vote Smart (a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office; includes Sample Ballots by Zip Code, Elected Officials & Candidates voting records, interest group ratings, speeches, campaign contributions, and contact information, current and past ballot measures by date & issue)
American Independent Party – National
Watching the Debates:
Presidential & Vice Presidential Debate Schedule – Commission on Presidential Debates
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020; 6:00pm PT @ Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thursday, Oct 15, 2020; 6:00pm PT @ Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, Florida)
Thursday, Oct 22, 2020; 6:00pm PT @ Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee)
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020; 6:00pm PT @ The University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Titles on Voter Engagement & Elections in the MARINet catalog
For More Information:
Federal Voting Assistance Program – voting assistance for Service members, their families and overseas citizens; provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process
Federal Election Commission – official US Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations
Presidential Election Process – information about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions; includes a glossary of common terms used during election seasons (perfect for new voters)
GovTrack.us – researches and publishes status of federal legislation, and tracks voting records of US representatives and senators
California Voting & Elections Toolkit – guide full of information and resources specific to California voting and elections
California Elections and Voter Information – elections and voter information from the California Secretary of State
Marin County Voter Info – helpful list of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ from the County of Marin Elections/Registrar of Voters
Please contact us if any errors are noted.
Last updated Sep 11, 2020.
Editing assistance provided by Ana.