San Diego ACLU Voter Guide


Oct. 18, 2010:Last day to register to vote

Oct. 26, 2010:Last day to request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot. Download the application here.

Nov. 2, 2010: Election Day! Polls open from 7 am – 8 pm.

In San Diego: call 1-800-345-VOTE (8683)or Click here.
In Imperial: call 760-482-4226 or Click here.


You can vote if you:

• Are a U.S. Citizen

• Reside in California

• Are at least 18 years of age on or before the next election

• Have not been declared mentally incompetent by court action

• Are not in state or federal prison or on parole. If you are in county jail awaiting court or are awaiting transition to state or federal prison, or are on probation or off parole, you have the right to vote.


Government Agencies:
Local Level

For San Diego issues, call the San Diego Registrar of Voters at 858-565-5800 or 800-345-VOTE (8683)

For Imperial issues, call the Imperial County Registrar of Voters at 760-482-4226.

State Level

Call the California Secretary of State Elections at 916-657-2166 or send an email.

Federal Level

  • Federal Election Commission:
  • US Department of Justice
    Anyone who has a complaint about voting discrimination is encouraged to call toll-free at 1-800-253-3931 or send a detailed written complaint to their Civil Rights Voting Section.
  • Criminal Violations
    To file a formal voter complaint form about criminal violations of the California Election Code, go to the California Secretary of State’s website and fill out the Voter Complaint Form.
  • Theft/Vandalism of Campaign Signs
    Sign theft or vandalism is treated as any other minor property crime, and can be reported to your local police or sheriff’s office.
  • Fraud Hotlines
    For questions or reports of fraud, send the California Secretary of State an email or call:
    * English: 1-800-345-VOTE (8683)
    * Chinese: 1-800-339-2857
    * Japanese: 1-800-339-2865
    * Korean: 1-800-575-1558
    * Spanish: 1-800-232-VOTA (8682)
    * Tagalog: 1-800-339-2957
    * Vietnamese: 1-800-339-8163

The nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition has set up a hotline where you can report problems at the polls. Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

ACLU Voting Rights Project
Call 1-877-523-2792 or send an email detailing the voting issue.


1. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are a valid registered voter. A valid registered voter is a United States citizen who is a resident of this state, is at least 18 years of age and not currently in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony, and is registered to vote at her/his current residence address.

2. You have the right to cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voting rolls.

3. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are present and in line at the polling place prior to the close of the polls.

4. You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation.

5. You have the right to receive a new ballot if, prior to casting your ballot, you believe you made a mistake.

If at any time before you finally cast your ballot, you feel you have made a mistake, you have the right to exchange the soiled ballot for a new ballot. Vote-by-mail voters may also request and receive a new ballot if they return their spoiled ballot to an elections official prior to the closing of the polls on election day.

6. You have the right to assistance in casting your ballot, if you are unable to vote without assistance.

7. You have the right to return a completed vote-by-mail ballot to any precinct in the county.

8. You have the right to election materials in another language if there are sufficient residents in your precinct to warrant production.

9. You have the right to ask questions about election procedures and observe the election process.

You have the right to ask questions of the precinct board and elections officials regarding election procedures and to receive an answer or be directed to the appropriate official for an answer. However, if persistent questioning disrupts the execution of their duties, the board or election officials may discontinue responding to questions.

10. You have the right to report any illegal or fraudulent activity to a local elections official or to the Secretary of State’s office.

If you believe you have been denied any of these rights, or you are aware of election fraud or misconduct, review our Complaints section (above)or call the Secretary of State’s confidential toll-free Voter Hotline at 1-800-345-VOTE (8683) and email our national ACLU Voting Rights Project or call them at 1-877-523-2792.

Sacramento Bee’s Candidate/Proposition Comparison Guide

2010 Voter Empowerment Flyer

2010 CA Voter Empowerment Card – English.pdf

Tarjeta de Empoderamiento

2010 CA Voter Empowerment Card – espanol.pdf

Statewide Candidate Survey Responses

ACLU Candidate Survey 2010 – statewide.pdf