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Why it Matters

Voting impacts every area of our lives, from health care to jobs to racial justice. When we vote, we’re choosing the people and the laws that shape the direction of our communities. Using our power and voting makes sure we have voice in the future. Want to know some of the things your vote impacts?

Criminal Justice System

You elect sheriffs, district attorneys, and judges that make decisions on things like police use of force, body cameras on officers/deputies, and what kinds of sentences or rehabilitative alternatives are recommended for people. Your vote directly impacts your community each day.

Climate Change

With your vote, you choose elected officials at every level who set and review climate change policy and make decisions impacting the future of the planet.


Your vote ensures that we are ALL represented in our government, not just those of us with greater wealth or systemic advantages.

Housing & Homelessness

When you vote for state/local officials such as city council; county board of supervisors; and state senate and assembly; you are choosing the people who make decisions on how to address affordable housing and support the people who are unhoused in your community.

Reproductive Choice

Your vote chooses state and national representatives who will make laws that impact your reproductive choice and freedom to access reproductive healthcare.


Your vote promotes immigration reform, including determining the future of policies like family reunification and political asylum.

Get Ready & Vote

CAVotes.org is our one stop shop for everything you need to know to get ready and vote in California, and to answer any questions you might have about voting. Or, for information about what’s on your ballot and to get your vote ready, check out our online ballot planning guide at Vote411.org.

Be a Part of it – Work the Polls!

Registered voters and certain high school students may work at the polls on election day. There is also work on election night processing and counting ballots. For the hours, the amount of pay and an application, contact your County Elections Official.