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Alex Padilla Resigns as California Secretary of State; James Schwab to Serve as Interim Secretary

SACRAMENTO, CA, January 18, 2021 – Alex Padilla has resigned as California’s Secretary of State, in order to serve as California’s newest United States Senator. James Schwab has been sworn in as interim Secretary of State. Schwab previously served as Chief Deputy Secretary of State.   “It has been a true honor and privilege to […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Trump’s Tweet Firing of CISA Director Chris Krebs

SACRAMENTO, CA, November 17, 2020 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s tweet firing of CISA Director Chris Krebs. “The ongoing purge of respected, competent leaders who refuse to perpetuate Trump’s delusional conspiracy theories about the election is a disturbing sign for American government. It’s an assault […]

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California Secretary of State Issues Unprocessed Ballots Report

SACRAMENTO, CA – County elections officials are hard at work continuing to count ballots from the November 3, 2020, General Election. County elections officials have up to 30 days after Election Day to complete their extensive tallying, auditing, and certification work (known as the “official canvass”). The frequency of updated results varies by county.   California’s […]

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Election Day in California, Polls Open Now

SACRAMENTO, CA November 3, 2020 – Today, Californians will head to the polls to vote on twelve statewide propositions, and for U.S. President, U.S. House of Representatives, and State Legislative offices. Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.  “As the polls open, voter registration is at an all-time high in California, with more than 22 million Californians,” Secretary […]

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What to Expect During the California Vote Count Process

SACRAMENTO, Calif. October 29, 2020 – On November 3, 2020 California county elections officials will work through the night counting ballots. In California, the vote count process does not end on Election Night. Due to state laws that ensure voters’ rights, ballots will continue to arrive and be counted after Election Day.   “California elections officials prioritize the right […]

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Midnight Voter Registration Deadline for General Election;

SACRAMENTO, CA October 19, 2020 – Today, October 19, is the deadline for Californians to register to vote or update their voter registration in order to participate in the November 3, 2020, General Election. Voters who miss this deadline will still have the option of utilizing ‘Same Day’ voter registration, but will have to do so in person at their county elections […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Statement on Unofficial Drop Boxes

SACRAMENTO, CA October 16, 2020 – California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement in response to reports of unauthorized drop boxes. “The California Republican Party is saying one thing in the press and another through their attorneys. “They have agreed that they will not use the unstaffed, unsecured, ballot drop boxes that are misleadingly labeled to look […]

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Over 2 Million California Voters Signed Up to Track Their Ballot

SACRAMENTO, CA October 15, 2020 – More than 2 million registered California voters have now signed up for California’s ballot tracking service “Where’s My Ballot?” to receive automated notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, text (SMS), or voice call.   “Signing up for ‘Where’s My Ballot?’ is one of the most prudent steps Californians can take to […]

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Over 1.5 million Vote-by-Mail Ballots Already Returned

SACRAMENTO, CA – As of this morning, over 1.5 million vote-by-mail ballots have already been returned by California voters. This is a massive increase compared to approximately 150,000 ballots returned at this same point in the 2016 General Election. “Californians are voting early in historic numbers,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “We knew the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Early Voting Begins at County Elections Offices

SACRAMENTO, CA October 5, 2020 – Voting begins in California today. Today is the date by which county elections offices are required to have mailed ballots to every active, registered voter for the November 3, 2020 General Election. In-person early voting is also now available at every county election office. “For the first time, every active, registered voter in California will have a vote-by-mail ballot in […]

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Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Make Safe at Home Program Available for Public Health Officials

SACRAMENTO, CA, September 24, 2020 – Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Executive Order N-80-20 making the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home confidential address program available to Local Health Officers and other public health officials. This is due to the threats and harassment health officials have faced in due to their work to protect public health during […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Urges All Californians to Confirm Registration Status on National Voter Registration Day

SACRAMENTO, CA September 22, 2020 –  Today is National Voter Registration Day, and Secretary of State Alex Padilla is encouraging all Californians to make sure they are registered to vote for the November 3, 2020 General Election. “The 2020 General Election will be the most consequential election in a generation, and voter excitement is at a fever […]

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California Ballot Tracking Tool Now Available Statewide

SACRAMENTO, CA, August 25, 2020 – The Secretary of State’s “Where’s My Ballot?” tracking tool is now available to voters in all 58 California counties. All California voters can now sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automated notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, text (SMS), or voice call. This is an expansion from the 25 counties who […]

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Secretary of State Alex Padilla Re-Launches California Students Vote Project

SACRAMENTO, CA, August 18, 2020 – Today, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis re-launched the California Students Vote Project (CSVP) during a presentation to the University of California Student Association. CSVP is a first of its kind national campaign to increase civic engagement and voter participation among California University and college […]

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99 Days Until the November 3rd General Election, SOS Office Launches “Vote Safe California” Campaign

SACRAMENTO, CA, July 27, 2020 – With less than 100 days until Election Day, California voters are being encouraged to Vote Safe by voting-by-mail or voting early this fall. All registered California voters should begin to prepare by verifying their voter registration and signing up for ballot tracking now. The Secretary of State’s office is launching Vote Safe California to educate […]

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Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Send Every Registered Voter a Vote-by-Mail Ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election

SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Executive Order N-64-20, a directive on how California will administer the November 3, 2020 General Election during the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the executive order, every registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. “California will not force voters to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right […]

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San Mateo County Becomes 26th County to Adopt “Where’s My Ballot?” Vote-by-Mail Tracking Tool

SACRAMENTO, CA, April 24, 2020 – San Mateo County has become the 26th county to adopt the “Where’s My Ballot?” tool. Voters in San Mateo County can now sign-up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automated notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, text (SMS), or voice call.   “San Mateo County voters who sign up for ‘Where’s My […]

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Secretary of State Sacramento Public Counters Closed during COVID-19 Pandemic

SACRAMENTO, CA March 20, 2020 – As the State of California fights the spread of COVID-19, the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento will be closing public counters effective March 20, 2020. The Secretary of State’s offices in both Sacramento and Los Angeles will remain open with limited staff, and critical functions and services provided by […]

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Polls Now Closed in California—What to Expect During Vote Counting

SACRAMENTO, CA March 3, 2020 – The polls are now closed in California, and county elections officials will be hard at work counting ballots throughout the night. Election results can be viewed at electionresults.sos.ca.gov.   “The polls in California are now closed and county elections officials throughout the state will be working through the night processing and counting ballots,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla […]

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Polling Places and Vote Centers Now Open in California

SACRAMENTO, CA March 3, 2020 – Today, Californians will head to the polls to vote on one statewide proposition, as well as the primaries for U.S. President, U.S. House of Representatives, and State Legislative offices. Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.  “As the polls open on Super Tuesday, voter registration is at an all-time high in California,” Secretary […]

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