California voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
Election and registration information
- California election and voter information from the California Secretary of State.
- Disability Rights California is sponsoring a toll-free hotline for voters with disabilities who have difficulty accessing polling places, casting ballots or general questions about the voting process.
Disability Rights California’s hotline is equipped to receive voice and TDD calls, and will be staffed from 7 am to 8 pm on November 4th. The toll-free number for voice calls is: 800-776-5746. The toll-free number for TDD calls is: 800-719-5798. Individuals who speak languages other than English should state their language and an interpreter will be connected to the call. Callers who wish to use the California Relay Service, Speech to Speech Service or Video Relay can dial 711.
For the 2008 election California used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
- Premier Election Solutions' (Diebold) AccuVote-TSX
- Sequoia Voting Systems AVC Edge II
- Hart Intercivic eSlate 3000
Optical scan machines:
- Premier Election Solutions' (Diebold) AccuVote-OS
- Election Systems & Software Model 100
- Sequoia Voting Systems Optech Insight
- DFM Mark-A-Vote
- Diebold AccuVote (including Diebold AccuVote ES-2000)
- Hart InterCivic Ballot Now
- Sequioia Optech 400C central ballot counters
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
- Election Systems & Software's AutoMARK Technical Systems AutoMARK VAT
- Unisyn Voting Solutions InkaVote and InkaVote Plus
Secretary of State: Debra Bowen
- California Secretary of State
- 1500 11th Street
- Sacramento, California 95814
- General Information: (916) 653-6814
- Phone: (916) 657-2166
- Fax: (916) 653-3214
- TDD Only - No Charge To Calling Party: (800) 833-8683
- Voter Fraud Hotline: (800) 345-8683 / (800) 345-VOTE
- Voters contend they were duped into registering as Republicans 
"It is a bait-and-switch scheme familiar to elections experts. The firm hired by the California Republican Party -- a small company called Young Political Majors, or YPM, which operates in several states -- has been accused of using the tactic across the country. Elections officials and lawmakers have launched investigations into the activities of YPM staff in Florida and Massachusetts. In Arizona, the firm was recently a defendant in a civil rights lawsuit"
- The owner of Young Political Majors (YPM), a firm that the California Republican Party hired to register tens of thousands of voters this year, was arrested in Ontario California on suspicion of voter registration fraud.
- "Video the vote" actions banned in Nevada County (not a "threat" per se, but mildly disturbing, given past election history in this county)
"...Nevada County Elections prohibits photography, videography, audio-recording or interviews in polling places unless they are conducted by credentialed media organizations who have received prior permission from the Registrar of Voters and who receives permission for their activities from every single person in the polling place,” [Clerk-Recorder Gregory ] Diaz wrote. 
Voting machine verification and security
- For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.
State and local non-governmental organizations
California Election Protection Network
- Website: http://www.califelectprotect.net (apparently not updated since 2006)
Californians for Electoral Reform
- Description: Californians for Election Reform (CfER) is a nonpartisan coalition of Californians who believe that all citizens deserve equal and satisfactory representation in government. The organization works to promote and implement voting methods that fulfill this right as much as possible. Their main reforms are instant runoff voting and proportional representation. In 2002 CFER supported a successful campaign for instant runoff voting in San Francisco, and it continues to support IRV and proportional voting in local and student elections across the state.
- Website: http://www.cfer.org
- Mail: PO Box 128, Sacramento, CA 95812
- Phone: 916-455-8021
League of Women Voters of California
LWV of California, Ms. Janis R. Hirohama, President
- 1107 9th Street Suite #300
- Sacramento, CA 95814
- Phone: 916-442-7215
- Fax: 916-442-7362
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arcadia Members-At-Large
- Beach Cities
- Bay Area ILO
- Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville
- Butte County
- Capistrano Bay Area
- Central Orange County Area
- Claremont Area
- Diablo Valley (Contra Costa Co.)
- East San Diego County
- East San Gabriel Valley
- Eastern Sierra
- Eden Area
- El Dorado County
- Fremont, Newark and Union City
- Humboldt County
- Kern County
- Livermore-Amador Valley
- Long Beach Area
- Los Altos-Mountain View Area
- Los Angeles
- Los Angeles County ILO
- Marin County
- Marysville-Yuba City
- Mendocino County
- Merced County
- Monterey Peninsula
- North Coast San Diego County
- North Orange County
- North and Central San Mateo County
- Northwest Riverside County
- Orange Coast
- Orange County ILO
- Palo Alto
- Palos Verdes Peninsula
- Pasadena Area
- Placer County
- Plumas County Members-At-Large
- Redding Area
- Sacramento County
- Salinas Valley
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Diego County ILO
- San Francisco
- San Joaquin County
- San Jose/Santa Clara
- San Luis Obispo County
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clara County
- Santa Cruz County
- Santa Maria Valley
- Santa Monica
- Sonoma County
- South San Mateo County
- Southwest Riverside County
- Southwest Santa Clara Valley
- Stanislaus County
- Tulare County
- Ventura County
- West Contra Costa County
- Western Nevada County
Voter Action's California Information
Description: a "State Action" page of the national Voter Action organization.
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- ↑ Information is from Disability Rights California press release. Retrieved October 19, 2008.
- ↑ "Voters contend they were duped into registering as Republicans," LA Times, October 17, 2008.
- ↑ <"Ontario police arrest man in voter fraud case," LA Times, October 20, 2008
- ↑ <"Concerns about coercion lead to video, photo ban at polls" The Union, October 27, 2008
- ↑ This past problem and description are from the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log. Click through for included links to origin of report.
- ↑ "About" page on the website of Californians for Electoral Reform. Retrieved Sept. 16, 2008.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for California that helps locate California's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See California Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in California. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's California page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in California.
- Election Law @ Moritz's California page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in California. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's California general information page, which provides information on California election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.