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August 27, 2020
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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Certifies Candidate List for November 3, 2020, General Election

SACRAMENTO, CA – Secretary of State Alex Padilla today published the certified lists of candidates who will appear on November 3, 2020, General Election ballots. The official lists, with ballot designations for each candidate, if applicable, and contact information is available at:

In addition to voting for U.S. President and Vice President, 153 congressional and state legislative contests will be voted on this November. The offices on the November 3, 2020, General Election ballot include:

  • 53 members of the U.S. House of Representatives,
  • the 20 odd-numbered State Senate district members, and
  • the 80 State Assembly members.

Vote-by-Mail Ballots to be Sent to Every Registered Voter
Ahead of the November 3, 2020, General Election, every active, registered voter living domestically will be mailed a ballot 29 days prior to Election Day. Military and Overseas voters will be mailed their ballots 45 days before Election Day.

California is well positioned to expand voting-by-mail. More than 75% of California voters received a vote-by-mail ballot for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary.

In California, every vote-by-mail ballot already comes with a first class prepaid postage return envelope.

Tracking your Vote-by-Mail Ballot
The Secretary of State’s “Where’s My Ballot?” tracking tool is now available to voters in all 58 California counties.  All California voters can now sign-up at to receive automated notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, text (SMS), or voice call. This is an expansion from the 25 counties who initially offered the tool for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

Voters who sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?” will receive automatic updates when the county elections office:

  • Mailed the voter’s ballot.
  • Received the voter’s ballot.
  • Counted the voter’s ballot.
  • Has any issues with the voter’s ballot.

Voters who sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?” will also receive communications from their county elections office about important election deadlines and critical updates such as polling place changes.


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