California Election Guide

Election 2024 Information for Solana Beach, CA

Voter Registration

Registration Deadline: Your registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically or hand delivered no later than 15 days before the election in which you wish to vote.


Same Day (Conditional) Voter Registration: Conditional Voter Registration is a new safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information for an election. While you may not be able to vote at your regular polling place or vote by mail, there is still an opportunity to cast a ballot by completing the conditional voter registration process.


Eligible citizens who miss the deadline can go to their county elections office or a designated satellite location to register and vote conditionally. Their ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process. Voters can complete the conditional voter registration process 14 days before an election all the way through to that Election Day.


Contact your local county elections official for more information.


Party Affiliation: All candidates for voter-nominated offices are listed on one ballot and only the top two vote-getters in the primary election – regardless of party preference - move on to the general election. A write-in candidate will only move on to the general election if the candidate is one of the top two vote-getters in the primary election.


The Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act does not apply to candidates running for U.S. President, county central committee, or local office.

Qualified political parties in California may hold presidential primaries in one of two ways:

-Closed presidential primary- the party only allows voters indicating a preference for that party to vote for its presidential nominee.
-Modified-closed presidential primary- in addition to allowing voters indicating a preference for that party to vote for its presidential nominee, the party also allows voters who did not indicate a party preference to vote for its presidential nominee.


In order to change your political party preference, you must re-register to vote.  You can re-register to vote by completing a voter registration application online at You can also pick up a paper application at your county elections office, any Department of Motor Vehicles field office, and many post offices, public libraries, and government offices.  To have an application mailed to you, call your county elections office or the Secretary of State’s toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).


If you change your name: If you have legally changed your name, you will need to re-register to vote. It is recommended that you first update your driver license or identification card before updating your voter record. 


If you are re-registering online and have not updated your DMV record first, select “decline” on the application when asked to use your DMV signature to register. If you do not decline use of your DMV signature, your application will be rejected. After you select “decline” continue filling in your information, print, sign, and mail the paper application to your county elections office. 


Voter Registration Qualifications

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older on Election Day

16 or 17 year olds that meet all other voting requirements may pre-register to vote and be automatically registered to vote once they turn 18

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of California

Mental Competency: Not currently found by a court to be mentally incompetent.

Felony Convictions: Not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison)

Obtaining a Voter Registration Form

Online: Fill out the online application. To register online you will need your California driver license or California identification card number, the last four digits of your social security number and your date of birth. If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.


In person: If you would like to register using a paper voter registration application, you can pick one up at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post office. It is important that your voter registration application be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election.


Phone/Email: To request a paper voter registration application be mailed to you, please call (800) 345-VOTE(8683) or email Elections Division staff.



You can qualify as a "military or overseas voter" if you are absent from the county in which you are eligible to vote and you are; 


-A member of the active or reserve components of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard; a Merchant Marine; a member of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps of the United States; or a member on activated status of the National Guard or state militia

-A spouse or dependent of a person described above; or

-A U.S. citizen living outside of the territorial limits of the U.S. or D.C.


Even if you are or were registered to vote in your county, in order to receive your election materials and vote when you are absent from your county while serving and/or living overseas, you need to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by completing the online voter registration application or by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (PDF).


When you complete your online voter registration application or your FPCA, you can choose to receive your ballot and the accompanying Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope mailed, faxed, or emailed to you. You may even be able to download them from your county elections official's website.



Return your voted ballot and signed Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope to your county elections official. Mail or fax (under certain circumstances) your voted ballot and signed return envelope following the Secretary of State's online instructions under "Mailing Addresses and Fax Numbers for Military or Overseas Voters".

If mailing: Your voted ballot and signed return envelope must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day.

If faxing: If you are living outside the territorial limits of the United States or are called for military service within the United States on or after the final date to make application for a vote-by-mail ballot, you may return your ballot by fax, but it must be received by your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you decide to fax your voted ballot and signed Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope, you must also fax an "Oath of Voter" form to waive your right to a confidential vote. This oath is in addition to the voter's declaration that is on the Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope. Please use the oath form your county provides to you; however, many counties also accept the "Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) Alternative Form (PDF)". Please check with your county before using FVAP's Alternative Form.

Verifying Your Voter Registration Status

Check the Status of Your Voter Registration

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

County elections officials will mail vote-by-mail ballots to all active registered voters. All voters may vote-by-mail instead of going to the polls on Election Day. If you failed to receive your vote-by-mail ballot or if it was lost or destroyed, you may apply in writing for a replacement. The application can be found here. If you are unable to vote in person at the polls and do not have a vote-by-mail ballot, you may apply in writing for a late vote-by-mail ballot. This application must be provided in person to your county elections official. 



Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 7 days after Election Day. If you are not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time if mailed, bring it to any polling place in your county between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.



All polling place locations are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you live in a county that is conducting elections under the California Voter's Choice Act, please visit that web page for more information.


In most cases, California voters are not required to show identification at their polling place. However, it is a good idea to bring identification with you when you vote for the first time. A poll worker may ask to see your identification if you mailed your voter registration application and did not include your driver license number, California identification number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

For more information on identification to use when you vote for the first time check the complete list or call the Secretary of State's toll-free voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).


Tracking your ballot: California Elections Code 3017(c) requires county elections officials to establish procedures for tracking vote-by-mail ballots. You can track the status of your ballot by visiting “My Voter Status”. The Secretary of State has also started offering “Where’s My Ballot,” which is a tool that lets voters know where their ballot is at every step of the process. Using this tool, powered by Ballotrax, voters can receive updates by text, email, or voice message from county election officials. You can sign up here to receive updates. 


Provisional Voting: If your name is not on a voter list at your polling location, you have a right to fill out a provisional ballot. This is a regular ballot that is placed in a special envelope to be put in a ballot box. You can cast a provisional ballot if you:


-Believe you are registered to vote despite not being on the voter list at the polls

-If you received a vote-by-mail ballot but want to vote at a polling center

-If you did not receive a vote-by-mail ballot or do not have your ballot with you.


Your ballot will be counted after elections officials have confirmed your voter registration and confirm that you have not already voted in the election. 


Additional Information

Deciding how to vote:

Polling Place: California Polling Place finder

Problems with voting: If you believe that you are a victim of election fraud or have witnessed a criminal violation of the California Elections Code, you may use the Election Voter Complaint Form to report the violation to California Secretary of State

Investigative Services. California Election Voter Complaint Form English and Spanish

Verifying provisional ballot status: California Provisional Ballot Checkup

Assistance in Other Languages: click here for a voter registration form in a language other than English or Spanish.

California’s Voter Information Guide: Click here

Election 2024 Ballot Measures

California Lower Supermajority Requirement to 55% for Local Special Taxes to Fund Housing and Public Infrastructure Amendment

ACA 1 will lower the necessary voter threshold from a two-thirds supermajority to 55 percent to approve local general obligation (GO) bonds and special taxes for affordable housing and public infrastructure projects.

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California Remove Voter Approval Requirement for Public Low-Rent Housing Projects Amendment

Amendment to the California Constitution repealing Article XXXIV, which requires a majority of the qualified electors of a city, town or county to approve plans for low-income housing projects.

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California Right to Marry and Repeal Proposition 8 Amendment

The California Constitution provides that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California, and federal law permanently enjoins the state from enforcing this constitutional provision.

This measure would repeal this unenforceable constitutional provision and would instead provide that the right to marry is a fundamental right, as specified.

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California Two-Thirds Legislative Vote and Voter Approval for New or Increased Taxes Initiative

For new or increased state taxes currently enacted by two-thirds vote of Legislature, also requires statewide election and majority voter approval. Limits voter ability to pass voter-proposed local special taxes by raising vote requirement to two-thirds. Eliminates voters ability to advise how to spend revenues from proposed general tax on same ballot as the proposed tax. Expands definition of 'taxes' to include certain regulatory fees, broadening application of tax approval requirements. Requires Legislature or local governing body set certain other fees.

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California Vote Requirements for Initiatives Requiring Supermajority Votes Amendment

Requires an initiative constitutional amendment to comply with any increased voter approval threshold that it seeks to impose on future ballot measures. Guarantees in the state constitution the ability of local governments to submit advisory questions to voters.

Senate Amendments
1) Specify that the provisions of this measure regarding voter approval thresholds applies to all statewide initiative measures submitted to the electors on or after January 1, 2024, including measures that appear on the ballot at the same election as this measure.

2) Specify that the provisions of this measure are not intended to reverse or invalidate provisions of the Constitution in effect before January 1, 2024, including the provisions of Proposition 13 of 1978.

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$18 Minimum Wage Initiative

An amendment to the 2022 Living Wage Act to increase the California minimum wage to $18 an hour.

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California Employee Civil Action Law and Repeal PAGA Inititative

Repeals 2004 law allowing employees to file lawsuits on behalf of themselves and other employees against employers to recover monetary penalties for certain state labor-law violations. Labor Commissioner retains authority to enforce labor laws and impose penalties. Eliminates Labor Commissioner’s authority to contract with private organizations or attorneys to assist with enforcement. Requires Legislature to provide funding of unspecified amount for Labor Commissioner enforcement. Requires Labor Commissioner to provide pre-enforcement advice; allows employers to correct identified labor-law violations without penalties. Authorizes increased penalties for willful violations.

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California Pandemic Early Detection and Prevention Institute Initiative

The measure would establish a 0.75 percent tax on individuals with incomes over $5 million for the ten-year period of 2023 through 2032. The revenues generated by the tax would be deposited into new special funds and dedicated entirely to a newly established institute and two other allowable purposes, all related to pandemic detection, prevention, and mitigation.

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California Prohibit State Limitations on Local Rent Control Initiative

Current state law (the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act of 1995) generally prevents cities and counties from limiting the initial rental rate that landlords may charge to new tenants in all types of housing, and from limiting rent increases for existing tenants in (1) residential properties that were first occupied after February 1, 1995; (2) single-family homes; and (3) condominiums. This measure would repeal that state law and would prohibit the state from limiting the right of cities and counties to maintain, enact, or expand residential rent-control ordinances.

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California Proposition 1, the Behavioral Health Services Program and Bond Measure

(1) Existing law, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), an initiative measure enacted by the voters as Proposition 63 at the November 2, 2004, statewide general election, funds a system of county mental health plans for the provision of mental health services. Existing law authorizes the MHSA to be amended by a 2/3 vote of the Legislature if the amendments are consistent with and further the intent of the MHSA. Existing law authorizes the Legislature to add provisions to clarify procedures and terms of the MHSA by majority vote.
If approved by the voters at the March 5, 2024, statewide primary election, this bill would delete the provision that establishes vote requirements to amend the MHSA, requiring all amendments of the MHSA to be approved by the voters. The bill would recast the MHSA by, among other things, renaming it the Behavioral Health Services Act (BHSA), expanding it to include treatment of substance use disorders, changing the county planning process, and expanding services for which counties and the state can use funds. The bill would revise the distribution of MHSA moneys, including allocating up to $36,000,000 to the department for behavioral health workforce funding. The bill would authorize the department to require a county to implement specific evidence-based practices.
This bill would require a county, for behavioral health services eligible for reimbursement pursuant to the federal Social Security Act, to submit the claims for reimbursement to the State Department of Health Care Services (the department) under specific circumstances. The bill would require counties to pursue reimbursement through various channels and would authorize the counties to report issues with managed care plans and insurers to the Department of Managed Health Care or the Department of Insurance.
The MHSA establishes the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and requires it to adopt regulations for programs and expenditures for innovative programs and prevention and early intervention programs established by the act. Existing law requires counties to develop plans for innovative programs funded under the MHSA.
This bill would rename the commission the Behavioral Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and would change the composition and duties of the commission, as specified. The bill would delete the provisions relating to innovative programs and instead would require the department to establish the priorities and a program, which would be administered by counties, to provide housing interventions. The bill would provide that “low rent housing project,” as defined, does not apply to the development of urban or rural dwellings, apartments, or other living accommodations, as specified.
This bill would make extensive technical and conforming changes.
(2) Existing law, the Bronzan-McCorquodale Act, contains provisions governing the operation and financing of community mental health services for persons with mental disorders in every county through locally administered and locally controlled community mental health programs. Existing law further provides that, to the extent resources are available, community mental health services should be organized to provide an array of treatment options in specified areas, including, among others, case management and individual service plans. Under existing law, mental health services are provided through contracts with county mental health programs.
The bill would authorize the State Department of Health Care Services to develop and revise documentation standards for individual service plans, as specified. The bill would revise the contracting process, including authorizing the department to temporarily withhold funds or impose monetary sanctions on a county behavioral health department that is not in compliance with the contract.
(3) Existing law establishes the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which qualified low-income individuals receive health care services, including Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) services for an individual under 21 years of age. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed by, and funded pursuant to, federal Medicaid program provisions. Existing law requires the department, in collaboration with the California Health and Human Services Agency and in consultation with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, to create a plan for a performance outcomes system for EPSDT mental health services, as specified.
This bill would include substance use disorder treatment services provided to eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries under 21 years of age in the plan for a performance outcome system.
(4) The bill would provide that its provisions are severable.
(5) The bill would provide for the submission of the act to the voters at the March 5, 2024, statewide primary election.

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California Oil and Gas Well Regulations Referendum

Referendum to uphold SB 1137, which prohibits most new or modified oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of specified locations, including housing, schools, daycares, parks, healthcare facilities, community resource centers, detention facilities, and businesses open to the public.

Requires existing wells in these areas to meet specified health, safety, and environmental requirements by January 1, 2025.

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Election 2024 Candidates for Solana Beach, CA

U.S. Senate

U.S. House

State Assembly

Your Elected Officials

Joe Biden
Kamala Harris
Vice President
Laphonza Butler
U.S. Senate
District Junior Seat
Alex Padilla
U.S. Senate
District Senior Seat
Mike Levin
U.S. House
District 49
Scott Peters
U.S. House
District 50
Gavin Newsom
Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor
Tasha Boerner Horvath
State Assembly
District 77
Catherine Blakespear
State Senate
District 38
Rob Bonta
Attorney General
Shirley Weber
Secretary of State
Grant Parks
Malia Cohen
Ricardo Lara
Insurance Commissioner
Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Fiona Ma
Linda Darling-Hammond
State Board of Education
Francisco Escobedo
State Board of Education
Ted Gaines
State Board of Equalization
Brenda Lewis
State Board of Education
Sally Lieber
State Board of Equalization
James McQuillen
State Board of Education
Sharon Olken
State Board of Education
Gabriela Orozco-Gonzalez
State Board of Education
Kim Patillo Brownson
State Board of Education
Haydee Rodriguez
State Board of Education
Mike Schaefer
State Board of Equalization
Tony Vazquez
State Board of Equalization
Cynthia Woods
State Board of Education
Alison Yoshimoto-Towery
State Board of Education