The Golden State

California is the home state of Kamala Harris, whom Joe Biden selected as his running mate in 2020. On May 8, 2020, California became the first state to commit to automatically mailing all registered voters a ballot for the November 3 election. A total of 17,785,151 ballots were cast, putting overall state turnout at about 68%. California voted decisively for Joe Biden, who won its 55 electoral votes with 63.5% of the popular vote. California has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 1992.

California has a bicameral legislature with 40 senators and 80 state assembly members. The legislature meets in December and must adjourn by the following November. Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 1997. Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is eligible for re-election in 2022, unless the current campaign to recall his position is successful, in which case he will no longer serve as governor of California.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse required.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticYesMail-in ballots sent to all registered voters in the general election.No Legislative Activity
Deadline7 days before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

California averages a 32% rating, reflecting its left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.