November 3, 2020 General Election

Election Information
  • On May 8, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order authorizing County Elections Officials to mail a ballot to every eligible registered voter, for the November 3, 2020 General Election, in order reduce your exposure to COVID-19 while providing a secure and safe option of voting from the safety of your home.
  • Official vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed out to all eligible registered voters beginning on or around October 5, 2020. If you do not receive your ballot two (2) weeks prior to Election Day, please call our office for a replacement ballot.
  • The Registrar of Voters office will be open on County Office (Courthouse) closure days during regular business hours on Friday, October 30, Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st for voters to drop off their voted ballots or to be issued a replacement ballot.
  • As a convenience for voters, there will be a total of five (5) securely installed Ballot Drop boxes for voters to deposit their voted ballots during the vote-by-mail period of October 5, 2020 until 8pm on Election Day, November 3, 2020. The locations of the Ballot Drop boxes will be 1-one in front of the Courthouse for voters who do not want to enter the Courthouse; and the other 4-four Ballot Drop boxes will be near or in front of the entrance to the Clearlake, Lakeport, Middletown, and Upper Lake County Library buildings.
  • Election Day, November 3, polling place locations will be staffed for voters to drop off voted ballots or to be issued a replacement ballot from 7am to 8pm.  A list of the polling places will be included in the County Voter Information Guide (Sample Ballot Booklet).
    • To vote in-person at your assigned polling place site on Election Day, you must surrender the ballot & envelope mailed to you and ask the pollworker to issue you a replacement ballot. You will be required to vote a Provisional Ballot if you are unable to surrender your vote-by-mail ballot & envelope.
  • Due to possible postal service delays in the General Election, as long as a voter’s ballot is POSTMARKED on or before Election Day, ballots will be accepted up to 17 days post-Election Day. Voters are advised to request to have their ballots POSTMARKED to assure that your ballot is received in a timely manner and can be counted.
    • It is recommended that you Vote and Return your ballot early. You are advised to mail your voted ballot at least 7 to 10 days prior to Election Day to ensure your ballot is received in time to be processed and counted.
  • For the safety of our poll workers, voters, and employees, strict COVID-19 guidelines will need to be followed for in person voting. Disposable facemasks will be provided to voters if needed, as well as disposable gloves and hand sanitizer.
Federal offices on the ballot: President and Vice President, United States Representatives for the 3rd and 5th Congressional Districts

State offices on the ballot:  State Assembly member for the 4th Assembly District

Local offices on the ballot: Kelseyville Unified School District, Konocti Unified School District, Upper Lake Unified School District, County Board of Supervisors for District 5, City of Clearlake, City of Lakeport, and Callayomi County Water District, Director (4 year term).

State Propositions on the ballot: Propositions 14 to 25 https://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2020/general/pdf/complete-vig.pdf

Local Measure on the ballot:  South Lake County Fire Protection District Measure “O”
Public Notices & Media Releases
Candidate List
Candidate Statements
Candidate Information
Candidates for City offices must file with the City Clerk:
Campaign & Finance
Whether supporting a local bond measure or running for a statewide office, laws and regulations require that candidates and committees report campaign contributions and spending to ensure transparency and accountability for elections.

For State and Local candidates, visit the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Forms & Applications
Registering to Vote

·        Qualifications to Register to Vote:

o   • A United States citizen;
• A resident of California;
• At least 18 years old at the time of the next election;
• Not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony;
• Not been determined by a court to be mentally incompetent.

·        You must re-register any time you change your name, residence address, or political party. Please notify the Lake County Office of the Registrar of Voters of any change to your mailing address (if different from your residence address).

·        Register to Vote online at registertovote.ca.gov or at the Lake County Office of the Registrar of Voters located inside the Lake County Courthouse, Room 209 at 255N. Forbes Street, Lakeport, CA 95453. Voter registration is also available at Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices, City Clerks’ offices, public libraries, and post offices. You may have a registration form mailed to you by calling our office at (707)263-2372 or the California Secretary of State at(800) 345-VOTE.

·        The last day to register to vote for the November 3, 2020 General Election is Monday, October 19, 2020.

Check your Voter Status
  • Check if you are registered to vote.
    Please call our office at 707/263-2372 if you are informed that no record matches or no record is found and you recently completed a new registration form or completed an online registration.  (We suggest that you wait at least 24 hours after you registered to allow for staff to process the registration.)
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Military and Overseas - Voter Information

The information and resources on this link https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/military-overseas-voters/ are intended to make participating in elections as easy and rewarding for you as possible. Here, you will learn the basic steps to become a military or overseas voter so you are eligible to vote when you are absent from your county while serving and/or living overseas.

Conditional Voter Registration (Same Day Voter Registration)

Same Day Voter Registration, known as Conditional Voter Registration in state law, is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information for an election.

Eligible citizens who need to register or re-register to vote within 14 days of an election can complete this process to register and vote at the Lake County Registrar of Voters office, Room 209 at 255 N. Forbes Street, Lakeport, CA 95453, or at a polling place in Lake County on Election Day (November 3, 2020). Their ballots will be processed and counted once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail (RAVBM)
(will be available after October 5, 2020 until 8pm on Election Day)
Lake County offers a Remote Accessible Vote by Mail (RAVBM) system to deliver ballots to voters with disabilities, military and overseas voters. Voters can request and receive access to the Remote Accessible Vote by Mail system. This system allows voters with disabilities to download and mark their ballot privately and independently using their own assistive technology, print their marked ballot, and mail it to the Registrar’s office to be counted.

Voters can access and mark a ballot in a screen-readable format from any computer with Internet access. Marked ballots must be printed and returned to Lake County Registrar of Voters office by mail or in person. To ensure the privacy of the voters’ selections, the accessible Vote by Mail system does not store or transmit the voters’ selections over the Internet. Voters can access the service anytime, day or night during an election period.

Voters with Disabilities information: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voters-disabilities/

Pursuant to newly enacted Elections Code section 3016.7, for the November 3, 2020 General Election, all county elections officials shall permit any voter to cast a ballot using a certified RAVBM system, regardless of whether the voter is a voter with disabilities or a military or overseas voter.

ADA Accessible Voting System
Each Polling Place Site, as well as the Registrar of Voters office, will have an ADA accessible ballot marking device that offers audio option (reads ballot to you) and large text size viewing versions.
Returning Your Voted Vote-by-Mail Ballot – (Make sure to sign your ID return envelope)
Voted Vote-by-Mail Ballots may be returned as follows:
  • Voted Ballots returned in person or by an authorized representative: Must be received by the Registrar of Voters office, Room 209, Courthouse, Lakeport or by any voting precinct board or Vote Center within the State of California no later than 8pm on Election Day.
  • Voted Ballots returned at Lake County Drop box locations: Must be received no later than 8pm on Election Day.
  • Voted Ballots returned by mail delivery: Due to possible postal service delays in the General Election, as long as a voter’s ballot is POSTMARKED on or before Election Day, ballots will be accepted up to 17 days post-Election Day. Voters are advised to request to have their ballots POSTMARKED to assure that your ballot is received in a timely manner and can be counted.
Military and Overseas Vote-by-Mail Information
Return your voted ballot and signed Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope to your county elections official by either mail or fax (under certain circumstances).

If mailing: Your voted ballot and signed return envelope must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.

If faxing: If you are living outside the territorial limits of the United States or are called for military service within the United States on or after the final date to make application for a vote-by-mail ballot, you may return your ballot by fax, but it must be received by your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you decide to fax your voted ballot and signed Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope, you must also fax an "Oath of Voter" form to waive your right to a confidential vote. This oath is in addition to the voter's declaration that is on the Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope. Please use the oath form provided to you.

Under California law, while you may receive a blank ballot by email, you may not return a voted ballot by email.
Track your Ballot
Receive personalized text messages, emails and/or automated voice messages on your Vote by Mail ballot by subscribing to Where's My Ballot. This is a free service available to all registered voters that gives you updated information on where your ballot is and when you can expect to receive it.

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Ballot Trax

In addition, Voters can check on the status of their ballot to confirm if it was received in our office through our Ballot Return Status

Signature Verification Statement

 (form will be available after October 5, 2020)
We understand that as years go by, your signature is bound to change, therefore, if the signature on your Vote by Mail return envelope doesn't match what is in our voter registration database we will notify you by mail or email and ask that you complete and return a “Signature Verification Statement” form.

Unsigned Ballot Statement

 (form will be available after October 5, 2020)
Did you forget to sign your ballot?  If you returned your Vote by Mail ballot without signing the return envelope we will notify you by mail or email and ask that you complete and return an “Unsigned Ballot Statement” form.