California elections, 2012
|1 2012 Elections|
|2 Eligibility to Vote|
|2.1 Primary election|
|2.2 General election|
|3 Voting absentee|
|3.3 Military and overseas voting|
|4 Voting early|
|5 See also|
The state of California is holding elections in 2012. Here are the dates of note:
- Signature filing deadline: March 9, 2012 & dates vary for state ballot measures
- Primary date: June 5, 2012
- General election date: November 6, 2012
|What's on the California Ballot in 2012|
|U.S. Senate (1 seat)|
|U.S. House (53 seats)|
|State Senate (20 seats)|
|State Assembly (80 seats)|
|Ballot measures (13 measures)|
Incumbent Dianne Feinstein (D) is running for re-election.
Currently, Democrats hold a 34-19 edge in the 53 Congressional districts.
|Members of the U.S. House from California -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
- See also: California 2012 ballot measures
|Proposition 28||Term limits||Limit of 8 years (senate)/6 years (assembly) replaced with 12-year limit on combined service|
|CISS||Proposition 29||Taxes||Increase the tax on cigarettes to fund cancer research|
For the state of California, below is a glimpse of some of the local measures that have appeared or are scheduled to appear on ballots in 2012.
- City of Piedmont Parcel Tax, Measure D (March 2008)
- City of Calexico Appointed City Clerk and City Treasurer, Measures P and Q (June 2012)
- City of Fresno Financial Practices Charter Amendment, Measure F (November 2012)
- Blanchard/Santa Paula Public Library Increase in Appropriations Limit, Measure U (November 2012)
- City of Cotati Prohibition on Roundabout Construction, Measure U (November 2012)
- Santa Rosa Design-Build Procurement, Measure S (November 2012)
- Method of Election to the Santa Rosa City Council, Measure Q (November 2012)
- City of Hughson Length of Mayoral Term, Measure U (November 2012)
- Indian Wells Rotation in the Office of Mayor, Measure Q (November 2012)
- City of Eastvale Appropriations Limit, Measure BB (November 2012)
Eligibility to Vote
- See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections
California is one of 19 states to use an open primary system. California's system is an open Top 2 Primary Election, in which the top two candidates move to the general election. The deadline to register to vote is 15 days prior to each local and statewide Election Day. (Information about registering to vote)
- See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections
The deadline to register to vote is 15 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 will be October 22.
- Voter ID info
- Same-day registration: None
- See also: Absentee Voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in California. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least seven days prior to the election. An absentee ballot must then be returned in person to the elections office by close of polls on Election Day, or by mail postmarked no later than Election Day and received no more than three days after Election Day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
California is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting dates in California are determined by the counties. Look up your county information here. The nationwide average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.