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California has 58 counties and their election websites vary in the extent of information they make available to the public about local ballot measures. 8 counties, or 14% of California's 58 counties, provide no historical election results at all for local ballot measures (as of early 2010), while tiny Shasta County's website provides information about local ballot measures going back to 1970. Only Modoc County provides no election information for residents.

The County chart table below lists all of the counties in the state along with a simple evaluation of the county election website if available. For detailed information on how the Ease of Navigation number was calculated see: County evaluations. It should be noted that while most counties list no ballot information, at the time of the study the next big election will be in June therefore many counties will likely have ballot text closer to the election date. The table will be amended to reflect those changes if they occur.

For information about local ballot measure information made available for specific contemporary elections, see:

See also: Notes on study methodology

County chart

County Has an election website? Election website Has current election information? Years of election results Ballot text Issues List Results Updated Ballot Measure archives Ease of Navigation Notes
Alameda Yes Website Yes Starting in 2002 Yes Yes Yes Yes 5
Alpine Yes Website No Some from 2008 No No No No 2
Amador Yes Website No Starting in 2006 No No Yes Yes 3
Butte Yes Website Yes Starting in 2000 No No Yes Yes 4
Calaveras Yes Website Yes Starting in 2000 No No Yes Yes 4
Colusa Yes Website Yes Starting in 2007 No No Yes Yes 4
Contra Costa Yes Website Yes Starting in 1997 No No Yes Yes 5
Del Norte Yes Website Yes Sporadic, starting in 2006 No No Yes Yes 4
El Dorado Yes Website Yes Starting in 1995 No No Yes Yes 4
Fresno Yes Website Yes Starting in 1998 No No Yes Yes 4
Glenn Yes Website Yes Historical results not apparent No No Yes No 3
Humboldt Yes Website Yes Starting in 2002 No No Yes Yes 4
Imperial Yes Website Yes Starting in 2001 No No Yes Yes 4
Inyo Yes Website Yes Starting in 2007 No No Yes Yes 4
Kern Yes Website Yes Starting in 2000 Yes No Yes Yes 4
Kings Yes Website Yes Starting in 2001 No No Yes Yes 4
Lake Ye Website No Starting in 2006 No No Yes Yes 4
Lassen Yes Website Yes Starting in 2000 No No Yes Yes 4
Los Angeles Yes Website Yes Starting in 1996 No No Yes Yes 4
Madera Yes Website Yes Starting in 2004 Yes No Yes Yes 4
Marin Yes Website Yes Starting in 1996 No No Yes Yes 4
Mariposa Yes Website Yes Starting in 2006 No No Yes Yes 4
Mendocino Yes Website No Starting in 1999 No No Yes Yes 3
Merced Yes Website Yes Starting in 2008 No No Yes Yes 4
Modoc No Website No None No No No No 1
Mono Yes Website Yes Starting in 2010 No No Yes Yes 3
Monterey Yes Website Yes Starting in 1995 No No Yes Yes 4
Napa Yes Website Yes Current no No Yes Yes 3
Nevada Yes Website No Starting in 2000 No No Yes Yes 3
Orange Yes Website Yes Starting in 2000 No Yes Yes Yes 4
Placer Yes Website Yes Starting in 2007 No No Yes Yes 4
Plumas Yes Website Yes Starting in 2008 No No Yes Yes 4
Riverside Yes Website Yes Starting in 2000 Yes No Yes Yes 5
Sacramento Yes Website Yes Starting in 1998 No No Yes Yes 4
San Benito Yes Website Yes Current No No Yes Yes 4
San Bernardino Yes Website Yes Starting in 1996 No No Yes Yes 4
San Diego Yes Website Yes Starting in 1991 No No Yes Yes 4
San Francisco Yes Website Yes Starting in 1995 No No Yes Yes 5
San Joaquin Yes Website Yes Starting in 2005 No Yes Yes Yes 4
San Luis Obispo Yes Website Yes Starting in 2000 No No Yes Yes 4
San Mateo Yes Website Yes Starting in 1997 Yes Yes Yes Yes 5
Santa Barbara Yes Website Yes Starting in 2000 No No Yes Yes 4
Santa Clara Yes Website Yes Starting in 2000 No No Yes Yes 4
Santa Cruz Yes Website Yes Starting in 1996 Yes No Yes Yes 4
Shasta Yes Website Yes Starting in 1970 No No Yes Yes 4
Sierra Yes Website Yes Starting in 2008 No No Yes Yes 4
Siskiyou Yes Website Yes Starting in 2005 No No Yes Yes 4
Solano Yes Website Yes Starting in 2005 Yes No Yes Yes 5
Sonoma Yes Website Yes Starting in 1998 No No Yes Yes 5
Stanislaus Yes Website Yes Starting in 2002 No No Yes Yes 4
Sutter Yes Website Yes Starting in 2002 No No Yes Yes 4
Tehama Yes Website Yes Current No No Yes No 3
Trinity Yes Website No Current No No Yes No 3
Tulare Yes Website Yes Starting in 1984 No No Yes Yes 3
Tuolumne Yes Website Yes Starting in 2004 No No Yes Yes 3
Ventura Yes Website Yes Starting in 1990 No No Yes Yes 4
Yolo Yes Website Yes Starting in 1997 No No Yes Yes 4
Yuba Yes Website Yes Starting in 2004 No No Yes Yes 4

Historical information analysis

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  • The extent to which county election websites display historical information is un-related to the population or budget of the county. Two small counties, Shasta and Tulare, have the most historical information.
  • 32 counties provide historical information only for the last decade.
  • 18 counties provide pre-2000 information.
  • 8 counties provide no historical information.
  • 13 counties have information that only goes back as far as 2005. Taking these counties together with those counties with no information, 21 counties (or 36% of California's county websites) provide either no information or only very recent information about local ballot measures.
Year of election results # of websites whose results go back this far
No historical results evident 8
2008 4
2007 3
2006 3
2005 3
2004 3
2002 4
2001 2
2000 10
1999 1
1998 3
1997 3
1996 4
1995 3
1991 1
1990 1
1984 1
1970 1

See also