For information about voting and important dates for the upcoming Nov. 4 general election, click here.
As dysfunctional as our political process may appear, it is still our privilege and duty as citizens to exercise our right to vote. And with dissatisfaction with the state of the economy the primary issue in the general election, and a historical presidential election before us, the 2008 election is proving to be an important one. Here are some resources to help in your decision process.
You Can Register to Vote in California, if you are:
•A U.S. Citizen
•A California Resident
•At least 18 years of age on or before the next election
•Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
•Not declared mentally incompetent by court action
San Diego County Registrar of Voters
Street Location: Registrar of Voters, 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite I, San Diego, CA 92123
Hours 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday
Links to everything important for voting, including candidate lists from the national level (U.S. Senate and House) to the local level (city councils, school districts), as well as the proposition lists.
Who's Your Rep?
OK, we all know that our governor is the Terminator, er, Arnold Schwarzenegger, right? But do yo know who are California's two U.S. Senators? Or your local U.S. House Rep? How about your City Council person? Or even your Board of Education rep? The County Registrar has a nifty tool to tell you what district you reside in and links to who represents your neighborhood.
The Local Bureaucracy
If you ever wondered why San Diego has trouble making decisions (hey, we can't even build a new library), just take a look at what constitutes City Hall. No, we don't just have a mayor and city manager and city council; we have commissions and task forces and agencies and lots and lots of layers. Check it out...you'll find out where you can contact all these people when you have a pothole.
Some say the County government is where the real power lies. Led by the County Board of Supervisors, county government oversees all the municipalities including the City of San Diego. Find out who all the County elected officials are.
California State Officials and their duties: Find out what a Governor, Secretary of State and a State Controller really do.
Political Parties/Presidential Candidates
San Diego County Democratic Party