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April/May 2018

It’s That Time of Year… Get Ready to Vote on June 5

LWV San Francisco’s election season activities included this session to train volunteers in conducting voter registration. Photo by Alec MacDonald.

The League of Women Voters has an undeniably strong reputation — when people have questions about elections or government, they turn to us. But while we enjoy solid name recognition, people often have trouble distinguishing between our separate geographic levels. The difference is significant, particularly during election season.

Leading up to an election, the volunteers you see in your community conducting voter registration and outreach are acting on behalf of local Leagues. These local Leagues work within either single jurisdictions or clusters of them; in total, there are 20 such local Leagues in the nine-county Bay Area. This includes LWV Berkeley-Albany-Emeryville, whose president, Adena Ishii, is featured (wearing the red jacket) on the cover of this edition of the Monitor registering Berkeley High School students to vote at a recent campus drive. Contact information for her League and the others is listed below; please reach out to them for your upcoming local voter service needs.

LWV Bay Area operates at a level in between these local Leagues and the state League (which helps produce Voter’s Edge California, a valuable election-time resource also featured below). Among our activities, the Bay Area League of course publishes the Monitor, and this election season we’re joining the action with this special edition. Cecily O’Connor kicks it off with an article on Regional Measure 3, a nine-county ballot initiative focused on bridge tolls. Aleta George and Leslie Stewart follow with articles on a pair of state propositions that have ramifications for the Bay Area, and Robin Meadows wraps the edition with a look at a Napa County measure that has captured people’s interest more broadly. As you read, please note that the League at the level of each measure in question has taken a position on it, but within these pages we’re looking at the measures impartially — these articles do not represent positions of support or opposition.

Finally, while not election related, LWV Bay Area would like to mention that we recently hosted our annual Bay Area League Day. For a change of pace this election season, please visit lwvbayarea.org/2018-league-day-regional-governance to see photos, videos, and documents from the event.

Contact your local League of Women Voters for voter services and other support this and every election season:

Alameda
www.lwvalameda.org
(510) 865-2439

Berkeley-Albany-Emeryville
www.lwvbae.org
(510) 843-8824

Benicia
www.lwvbenicia.org

Cupertino-Sunnyvale
www.lwvcs.org

Diablo Valley
www.lwvdv.org
(925) 283-2235

Eden Area
www.lwvea.org
(510) 826-6674

Fremont-Newark-Union City
www.lwvfnuc.org
(510) 794-5783

Los Altos-Mountain View Area
www.lwvlamv.org
(650) 429-8382

Marin County
www.marinlwv.org
(415) 507-0824

Napa County
www.napa.ca.lwvnet.org
(707) 257-7450

North & Central
San Mateo County
www.ncsmc.ca.lwvnet.org
(650) 342-5853

Oakland
www.lwvoakland.org
(510) 834-7640

Palo Alto
www.lwvpaloalto.org
(650) 903-0600

Piedmont
www.lwvpiedmont.org
(510) 655-0854

San Francisco
www.lwvsf.org
(415) 989-8683

San Jose/Santa Clara
www.lwvnet.org/ca/sjsc
(408) 271-7163

Sonoma County
www.lwvsonoma.org
(707) 546-5943

South San Mateo County
www.lwvssmc.org
(650) 325-5780

Southwest Santa Clara Valley
www.lwv-sw-santaclara-valley.org
(408) 598-1842

West Contra Costa County
www.lwvnet.org/lwv/ca/wccc
(510) 298-1255

LWV Bay Area
www.lwvbayarea.org
(510) 839-1608

The deadline to register to vote in California for the June 5 election is May 21. The Secretary of State provides online voter registration at www.registertovote.ca.gov and an official voter guide at voterguide.sos.ca.gov. Contact the SOS or your county’s elections office if you have questions.

California Secretary of State
(916) 653-6814
www.sos.ca.gov

Marin County Elections Department
(415) 473-6456
www.marincounty.org/depts/rv

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
(707) 565-6800
www.vote.sonoma-county.org

Napa County Elections Division
(707) 253-4321
www.countyofnapa.org/elections

Solano County Registrar of Voters
(707) 784-6675
www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov

Contra Costa County Elections Division
(925) 335-7800
www.cocovote.us

Alameda County Registrar of Voters
(510) 272-6933
www.acgov.org/rov

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
(408) 299-8683
www.sccgov.org/sites/rov

San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division
(650) 312-5222
www.smcacre.org/elections

City & County of San Francisco Department of Elections
(415) 554-4375
www.sfgov.org/elections

Voter’s Edge California (www.votersedge.org/ca) is a nonpartisan online guide to federal, state, and local elections in California. It allows voters to view: their personalized ballot; detailed descriptions about candidates and ballot measures; and information about their polling locations. Voter’s Edge California is a joint project of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and MapLight.

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund’s Easy Voter Guide, a nonpartisan information source for new and busy voters, is available at easyvoterguide.org in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.

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