Your guide to the 2020 election in California


The general election isn’t until Nov. 3, but Californians’ ballots are already in the mail. Check out our voting checklist to make sure you are all set. Learn more about the 12 propositions on California’s ballot. See the local issues on the local ballot in Los Angeles County. Find out where President Trump and Joe Biden stand on the issues and get the latest news on the presidential race. Check out which races will determine control of the U.S. Senate.

Read on for more. This page will be updated with more information.


Recommendations from the Los Angeles Times editorial board

The Times endorses selectively. Recommendations for this election include president, one congressional race, the 12 statewide ballot measures and several Los Angeles city, county and school contests.

Here are the Los Angeles Times’ editorial board endorsements for president, California ballot measures and more.




Here’s how to make sure your vote is counted

When are the deadlines, how do you track your ballot, where is your closest voting center, and more.

Want to help uphold democracy on election day? Consider being a poll worker if you’re at low risk for a coronavirus infection. Here’s what’s involved.

California allows conditional or same-day voter registration, so even if you missed the online deadline, you can still vote in this election. Here’s how.


Mail-in ballots, registration deadlines, voting centers — we’ve got you covered with the basics of voting in the Nov. 3 election.

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What is on the ballot in California?

California voters will decide the fate of 12 statewide propositions on Nov. 3, measures placed on the ballot either by politically powerful interest groups or lawmakers that cover a variety of topics including property taxes, criminal justice and workplace regulations.



What issues are on the local ballot in Los Angeles?

The race to run the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office has been framed as a test of appetites for criminal justice reform. Seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the City Council are also up for grabs.

COVID-19 hasn’t quite changed everything: In elections for the L.A. Board of Education, it’s still charter school advocates facing off against the teachers union. The stakes are high.

With 33 candidates vying for four at-large seats on the seven-member Los Angeles Community College District board, the well-being and academic success of the state’s neediest college students are at stake.

L.A. City Council race is now a proxy fight between establishment and leftist Democrats, with figures such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton weighing in.

Also: Measure RR, a $7-billion bond proposal that would pay for campus renovation and construction as well as technology,

The November contest between Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and former San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascón to oversee the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office has been framed as a test of appetites for criminal justice reform.

Candidates for two seats on the L.A. City Council must address a hot-button question: What’s the best way to root out corruption at City Hall?

L.A. County supervisors pass a measure to let voters decide whether to boost funding for mental health, housing and other social programs.

Many of the familiar rituals of stumping for votes are off the table during the COVID-19 pandemic, drastically changing what it looks like to run for office in L.A.


Our latest coverage of the presidential race

Biden’s debate remark about a transition away from oil generates glee from Republicans. The argument illustrates why climate politics is politically hard.

Flashbacks to 2016’s presidential upset have Democrats fretting about the ways Donald Trump could still eke out a win over Joe Biden.

Even if President Trump loses, his populist, personality-driven movement may still dominate the GOP. Some Republicans are looking for alternatives.

Analysis of the Trump-Biden debate varied wildly across the television dial, with Fox News declaring the president a winner and other outlets delivering a much more mixed assessment.

Some ‘facts’ just aren’t so. That much was certain, especially for President Trump, as he and former Vice President Joe Biden met Thursday for a final debate.

The Democratic presidential candidate aims to postpone a divisive debate over enlarging the Supreme Court by proposing a panel to study the judiciary.

Read more from our politics team.


Biden vs. Trump: Where they stand on the issues

Biden and Trump.
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2020 Candidates: The Times’ full coverage

Joe Biden was formally nominated as the Democratic candidate for president in August. The Times tracks his path in pursuit of the presidential election.

A look at The Times’ coverage of Kamala Harris.

President Trump has been formally nominated as the Republican candidate. The Times tracks his path in pursuit of election to a second four-year term.

Vice President Mike Pence is President Trump’s running mate again this fall. The Times tracks his path in pursuit of reelection.


Will the U.S. Senate flip?

In the shadow of the presidential campaign, the parties are also waging a fierce battle over control of the Senate in 2020.


Democrats have high hopes of capturing a Senate majority, but the outcome remains uncertain.

The road to a majority runs through Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


Tracking the money