The Library is here to help you find quality information and how to participate in the upcoming 2020 Election.
- Vote by Mail & Early Voting: October 5 through November 3
- LAST DAY TO REGISTER: October 19
- Vote Centers Open: October 31 through November 3 (Masks REQUIRED!)
- LAST DAY TO VOTE: November 3 by 8 P.M!
- Pre-register or register to vote and check your voter registration status in California
- Register to Vote in Santa Clara County
Voting by Mail
Every registered voter will automatically receive a Vote By Mail ballot starting 29 days before Election Day that they can return by mail in the free postage-paid envelope provided. You may also place your completed ballot in one of 98 conveniently located drop-boxes. Find the closest Ballot Drop Box near you, and look for boxes in Palo Alto at the following locations:
- Palo Alto City Hall – Outside City Clerk Office 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
- Palo Alto High School 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301
- Mitchell Park Library 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
- Rinconada Branch Library 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Early In-Person Voting
The Registrar of Voters' main office located at 1555 Berger Drive, Building 2, San Jose, CA 95112will be open for early voting 29 days before Election Day.
100 Vote Centers will be open throughout Santa Clara County starting October 31. The Vote Centers will offer sanitary, in-person options for a full spectrum of services, from language and accessibility assistance to voting in person, and masks will be required! There are electronic poll books to keep track of who has voted, and even voter registration updates all the way up through Election Day. Make sure to locate the closet Vote Center near your home address.
For more information about voting, please visit the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website.
State-Wide Ballot Information
There are a number of nonpartisan websites that have information about the candidates and propositions on the state-wide ballot:
- CalMatters California Election 2020 Voter Guide
- California Secretary of State Official Voter Information Guide
- Voter's Edge
- League of Women Voters
- KQED/By The Bay Voter Guide
Election Night Results Tracking
-Rebecca Kohn, Senior Librarian, Rinconada Library