We all want free and fair elections.
Californians deserve a democracy that values and holds sacred the freedom to vote. At California Common Cause, we are committed to defending voting rights, making the ballot box accessible for all eligible voters, and safeguarding our voting systems to guarantee accurate and fair elections. Every election year, we mobilize volunteers to help our fellow Californians navigate the voting process and cast their votes without obstruction, confusion, or intimidation.
California Common Cause runs an Election Protection program that is not affiliated with any party, candidate or issue campaign.
You can use the voting tools above to verify your voter registration, find out if you are eligible to vote, register to vote, get election reminders and more.
For several election cycles, California Common Cause and Common Cause state organizations across the country have teamed up with the nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition to push election preparedness issues before Election Day and run a national election protection hotline for voters to call with any problems they encounter.
In the most recent 2020 general election, we deployed over 500 poll monitors to 1,200+ voting locations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties over 3 days, including Election Day. We fielded reports from our poll monitors and worked with our volunteers, partners, and state and county elections officials to address issues that arose at voting locations in real-time. Our in-person poll monitoring program was supplemented by our text banking and social media monitoring programs, which focused on making sure that voters were aware of their options for casting a ballot in the pandemic.
For the 2014 midterm election, we planned our Election Protection efforts in California to ensure that voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and are able to cast a ballot. Thanks to our supporters, we had 37 volunteers visit 184 poll sites in four counties. We also received 680 calls reporting problems at our Election Protection Hotline call center in Los Angeles. Of those calls, we were able to resolve 100% of them.
In the 2016 general election, we deployed hundreds of nonpartisan volunteers covering 325 precincts in Los Angeles County, 90 precincts in San Bernardino County, and 75 precincts in Orange County. Hotline volunteers in our L.A. call center fielded more than 3,600 calls.
During the November 2018 elections, California Common Cause deployed over 400 poll monitors to polling places in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Tulare, and Fresno counties. We fielded reports from our poll monitors in the field and worked with counties elections offices to resolve issues at polling places. We also received over 2,000 calls on the election protection hotline from voters asking for assistance or reporting polling place issues.
Voter protection is at the core of what we aim to do – provide guidance, information and help to all Californians, regardless of who that voter is casting a ballot for.
For more information on how to get involved for future elections, contact Kiyana Asemanfar, Program Manager.