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2022 Voter Guide

What you need to know to vote in California’s Nov. 8 general election

We get it, California voters. You’ve been busy lately.

Just two years ago, you and 17.7 million of your civically-minded neighbors helped decide who ought to become the next president, who should sit in the Legislature and congressional delegation and how the state should handle issues such as property taxes, criminal justice and (for some reason) dialysis clinics. 

Then last year, you were called back to the ballot box: Gov. Gavin Newsom, the guy most of you voted to hire in 2018, was up for a snap job performance review, also known as a recall election. (He passed). 

Now, it’s the 2022 election, and hiring season is in full swing

Not only will you be asked to pick a governor, yet again, California needs to hire its top lawyer, an insurance regulator, an elections administrator, a schools chief, someone to invest its money, someone to keep tabs on its money and even a back-up governor

As with the rest of the labor market, there’s also an historic glut of openings to fill in the California Legislature and in Congress. Throw in the two decisions for one U.S. Senate seat (we’ll explain) and four for the Board of Equalization (whatever that is) — and you have your work cut out for you.

You’ve already narrowed down the applicants to the top two in the June 7 primary. Now there’s one more round to go. For November, you also have seven ballot measures to decide.

Our 2022 California voter guide is here to help.

Key election dates

Oct. 10

Ballots mailed to every active California voter.

Oct. 24

Last day to register to vote online or by mail.

Nov. 8

Polls are open, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also, the last day to vote by mail.*

* Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 8 and received by county elections offices by Nov. 15

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Frequently asked questions

Does everyone get a ballot in the mail? 

Yes. In September 2021, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that makes vote-by-mail ballots permanent for every registered voter.

When will I receive my mail-in-ballot?

Counties will begin mailing ballots by Oct. 10.

When will I receive my voter guide?

The statewide voter information guide will be available online on Sept. 9. The Secretary of State’s office will mail it to voters between Sept. 29 and Oct. 18.

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Credits

Your CalMatters 2022 Voter Guide is a team effort, made possible by the following:

Reporters/writers: Elizabeth Aguilera, Ben Christopher, Grace Gedye, Joe Hong, Ana B. Ibarra, Sameea Kamal, Alexei Koseff, Nadia Lopez, Byrhonda Lyons

Copy editor (Spanish version): Carlos Aviles

Web producer: Sameea Kamal

Photo and video editors: Miguel Gutierrez, Rahul Lal, Byrhonda Lyons, Martin do Nascimento, Crystal Tai

Data and interactives: Agnes Lee, Erica Yee, Jeremia Kimelman, John Osborn D’Agostino

Illustrator: Chanelle Nibbelink

Product designers: Jahm Alissa, Vasuki Sunder

Developers: Avriana Allen, Kevin Marsden

Project management: Sapna Satagopan, Shyla Nott

Editors: Foon Rhee, Vicki Haddock

This project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.