Elections are coming!

For the first time, California’s Primary Election will be held in March.

The presidential election is receiving a lot of attention by TV news and newspapers and on social media, even though many local elections are just as important. We encourage all members to vote in the March 3 election.

“Though the race for president gets a lot of air, it’s critical to elect or re-elect State Senators and Assembly members who will support policies important to CFA faculty, such as funding more mental health counselors, hiring more tenure track faculty and keeping student tuition from increasing,” said Theresa Montaño, Professor of Chicano/a Studies at CSU Northridge and Chair of the CFA Teacher Ed caucus.

More than 15.5 million ballots were mailed out to registered California voters last week, and here are a few tips on the revamped Primary.

  • Check out CFA’s endorsements on statewide ballot initiatives and legislators. CFA does not endorse in national races.
  • Not sure if you’re registered to vote?  Look up your status here
  • Need to register to vote?  Deadline to register before the election is February 18, but you can always register and vote on Election Day.  Register here.
  • Many California counties are participating in the Voter’s Choice Act, which mails every voter a ballot, expands in-person early voting, and allows voters to cast a ballot at any vote center in their county. To learn more, go to the Voter’s Choice Act website.
  • For a host of other helpful links, visit the state’s Elections Division.

As for the presidential election, California’s ballots are a little tricky.  If you are a registered Democrat, you’ll choose from the Democratic candidates running for president.  No party preference voters — the fastest-growing segment of California’s electorate — have to request a specific ballot (notices were sent to voters’ homes).  If you missed that piece of mail, you can still ask for a ballot from your county by email or phone.  The parties that voters can choose from to vote for president are American Independent Party, Democratic Party, or Libertarian Party (other political parties chose not to open their ballots to no party preference voters).  If you vote in person and are a no party preference voter, just ask for an American Independent, Democratic or Libertarian presidential ballot at your polling place.