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. And read about contested Southern California congressional races.

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

A note about our election coverage

Experience in the 2000 presidential election, which wasn’t decided for over two months, helps guide the paper’s coverage for next week’s vote.

Oct. 27, 2020


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’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.

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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A Times Special Report

In an election marked by uncertainties, the signature verification process for mail-in ballots is riddled with vulnerabilities and has never been tested on such a massive scale.

Oct. 28, 2020


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?


Our latest coverage of the presidential race


Biden vs. Trump: Where they stand on the issues


2020 Candidates: The Times’ full coverage


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.

Oct. 3, 2020


Follow close Southern California congressional races


Tracking the money