Election 2018

Resources for learning more about the candidates and propositions on the ballot

Finding neutral and unbiased information on the candidates and propositions on the ballot can be hard! Don't worry -- the library is here to help!

Voter Registration

To register to vote (by October 22!), check your voter registration status or polling place, or register to vote by mail, head over to the California Elections and Voter Information website or the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website.

Local Election Events

For information about City Council candidates and local measures on the ballot, visit the City of Palo Alto's Election Information website. 

For videos from local candidate forums and events, please visit the MidPen Media Center's Santa Clara County Election page.

State-Wide Ballot Information

There are a number of good websites that have information about the candidates and propositions on the state-wide ballot:

California Secretary of State Official Voter Information Guide

Voter's Edge

League of Women Voters

KQED/By The Bay Voter Guide



We have also put together a list of books written by current candidates in California's election. (Click the links for those available at PACL!):

Khanna, Ro. Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future.

Kounalakis, Eleni. Madam Ambassador: Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest.

Newsom, Gavin. Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.

Poizner, Steve. Mount Pleasant: My Journey from Creating a Billion-Dollar Company to Teaching at a Struggling Public High School.

Siegel, Lenny. The High Cost of High Tech: The Dark Side of the Chip.

Speier, Jackie. This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down.

Election Results Tracking

For up to the minute election results tracking:

The New York Times


Other Sources for Information

For nuanced arguments for or against propositions and candidates that may not be truly unbiased, or neutral, local newspapers and unions (such as the California Teachers Association or California Nurses Association) often make recommendations regarding propositions or candidates. The Library does not endorse any arguments made by these institutions.

Early Voting and Ballot Drop Off Boxes

Early voting will take place at Rinconada Library October 27 - November 5, 2018 between 10am and 5pm. 

There will be ballot boxes for ballot drop off at Mitchell Park Library, Rinconada Library and inside Palo Alto City Hall.