The March Election is right around the corner, and with a slew of local and national issues set to be decided by voters, the Contra Costa County Elections Division is reminding residents to check their registration status before ballots are mailed beginning in February.
County officials particularly are encouraging residents to make sure that their addresses are updated and current, if voters have moved without updating their registration status, then ballots and voter information will be mailed to the old address.
“We want to make sure all Contra Costa County voters have a great elections experience,” Acting Registrar of Voters Deborah Cooper said in a statement. “It takes just a few seconds to check.”
For those who haven’t moved, county officials say it is still important to check party registration status because the state reports that, during the roll out of automatic voter registration system in 2018, some voters’ part preference was overwritten -- resulting in some voters having their affiliation reset to “no party preference," which could impact their ability to vote in the presidential primary.
While a non-issue for non-partisan issues and elections, March’s primary is partisan, meaning that party preference is essential to a voter getting the correct ballot they desire.
“We’re hopeful that voters take the opportunity to look at their registration status now, rather than after ballots are mailed or on Election Day,” Cooper added.
In addition to voting in the presidential primary, San Ramon Valley voters will have a plethora of local candidates and issues to consider, including six challengers for U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) or two challengers for U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord).
Plus, Danville voters will decide a referendum challenging the Magee Preserve residential project.
The last day to register to vote is Feb. 18, although in California citizens can conditionally register to vote in person through Election Day.
Contra Costa County voters can easily check their registration status by going to www.cocovote.us and clicking the “My Voting Information” button. The lookup tool is also available by texting “Contra Costa” to 28683 (or “2Vote”).
Voters who wish to update their registration status can do so online at https://registertovote.ca.gov/, additional assistance can be acquired by calling 335-7800.