Voting

Information for California elections is typically found on the California Secretary of State’s website.  Listed below are resources for finding local, statewide, and national election results and information on voter registration. 

California Secretary of State: Statewide Election Results

The statement of vote from 1996-present, which includes voter registration and participation statistics by county, is located on the Secretary of State’s website.  To locate the Statement of Vote, click on the election you want to view, then click on Elections Results. 

Voter Registration

Information about upcoming elections and voter registration information is also included on the Secretary of State’s website at the URL listed above.  

To determine if you’re registered to vote:

  • Click Check Status of Your Voter Registration under Are You Already Registered to Vote? 
  • Scroll down to the Check Voter Registration Status spreadsheet and click on the link for Alameda (or the county in which you live). 
  • Fill out the voter profile provided and click on search. 
  • The voter profile also allows you to look up your polling place, download a sample ballot, check the status of your mail ballot, change your preferred language, and look up in which districts you’re eligible to vote.  If you’re not registered to vote, you will find a voter registration form that you can print and mail in the Check Status of Your Voter Registration section.

U.S. Electoral College: Historical Election Result

This site, maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), explains how the Electoral College works and provides historical Electoral College election results from 1789-present. 

Much useful information, including an Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, polls and predictions, and information on election process and voting is located in the U.S. Election & Voting Resources section, which you can enter by clicking on the link on the left side of the page.  Within this section you will also find Presidential Elections in the United States: A Primer, a publication from the Congressional Research Service, which explains the presidential election process.  You will find this publication by clicking on Election Process and Voting (within the U.S. Election & Voting Resources section).

Federal Election Commission

This site makes available information on campaign finance for presidential and house and senate elections. 

To find contributor names:

  • Click on either Presidential Elections or House and Senate Elections. 
  • Click on a name from the list of candidates then enter a name in the search box after Contributor’s Name Contains. 
  • You may also change Contributor’s Name to Employer, City, or Zip Code using the drop down menu and then enter a corresponding value in the empty search box.  For example, if you want to find the names of all the contributors living in Oakland who contributed to Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, select Obama from the list of candidates.
  • Scroll down below the map that appears on the page and select City in the first drop down menu. 
  • The second drop down menu will default to Contains. 
  • Type Oakland in the third drop down menu.  This will give you a list of the donor’s name, occupation, city, state, zip, donation receipt date, and donation amount.  Please note that states other than California will also be listed (Oakland, New York, Oakland, Tennessee, etc.) as well as all cities beginning with Oakland (Oakland Park, etc.)
  • Clicking the top arrow contained in the State box on the results page will give you a grouping by state so you can scroll through and find all the donors in Oakland, California.  The same holds true for any of the results boxes. 
  • Click the top arrow in the Amount box to group donors by amount contributed.
  • Click the top arrow on the Zip Code box to group donors by zip code area, etc.

You may also search for donations from the 2008 campaign by checking the 2008 box under 2012 Presidential Campaign Finance near the top of the page.

USA.gov: Voting and Elections

USA.gov links to various sites with voting information such as CanIVote.org which helps you find your polling place, the United States Election Commission, which provides information on becoming a poll worker, and Votizen, which allows you to tweet messages to representatives.