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California elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of California held elections in 2012. Here are the dates of note:

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November 6, 2012
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2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012

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
     Democratic Party 34 38
     Republican Party 19 15
Total 53 53
See also: California State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintain partisan control in the state senate.

California State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 25 26
     Republican Party 15 12
Total 40 40

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintain partisan control in the state assembly.

California State Assembly
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 52 56
     Republican Party 28 24
Total 80 80

See also: Political recall efforts and Recall campaigns in California

San Fernando

San Fernando, California city councilors Mario Hernandez, Maribel De La Torre, and Brenda Esqueda are all facing recall.[1] While Hernandez resigned from his post in July 2012, his name will still appear on the recall ballot in accordance with the laws governing recall in California. Activity on the city council has been more reminiscent of a soap opera than of a local government. At a November 2011 city council meeting, Hernandez, who is married, announced that he was having an affair with De La Torre.[2] In June 2012, Hernandez and De La Torre had a violent altercation that resulted in De La Torre being charged with vandalism and battery.[3] Meanwhile, Esqueda is openly having an extra-marital affair with police sergeant Alvaro Castellon. All three city councilors have been accused of interfering with a police investigation that involved Castellon allegedly making criminal threats against a police cadet who was having an affair with Chief of Police Anthony Ruelas.[4] The police cadet, Maria Barajas, has sued the city, claiming that Castellon told her she "could disappear."

The three recall targets have been accused of retaliating against recall supporters by selectively enforcing obscure city codes, and voting for a controversial "decorum ordinance" that would physically remove and impose fines on those who are considered "out of order" at city council meetings.[5][6]

Orange Cove

Frank Martinez and Glenda Hill, members of the Orange Cove City Council, are also up for recall on November 6. Former Orange Cove Mayor Victor Lopez organized the recall effort. He says Martinez and Hill are "running the city into a bankruptcy." Lopez is running as a replacement candidate in the election, meaning that if either Martinez or Hill is recalled, he could take one of their seats on the council.[7]

Read more here about California recall activity in 2012.

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

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.[8] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

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.[9]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in California. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[10]


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.[10]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

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.

See also