California Polling Hours & Key Election Day Info

    California voting, California pollsPeople vote in the California primary on June 7, 2016 at City Hall in San Francisco, California. (Getty)

California voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast votes for federal and state offices. In addition to the contentious presidential race, the ballot also features a U.S. Senate race, a Congressional race in each of the state’s 53 districts, and state legislative races.

Here’s what you need to know as you head to the polls:

POLLING HOURS & LOCATIONS: Polls in California open at 7 a.m. Pacific time and close at 8 p.m. Pacific time. If you’re in line before 8 p.m. Pacific and haven’t yet voted, you’ll be able to vote after 8 p.m. If you’re unsure at which precinct you’ll be voting, you can find out through the voter information tool on the Secretary of the State’s website.

REGISTRATION GUIDELINES: Californians must be registered to vote at least 15 days before Election Day. California does not offer same-day registration. If you’re unsure whether you’re already registered, you can check your status via the state’s registration lookup tool.

TRACKING RESULTS: There are a number of ways to track results. The California Secretary of State’s website will be posting results. Politico will also post state-by-state results online, you can find California’s results here.

WHAT’S AT STAKE IN FEDERAL RACES: Hillary Clinton is favored to carry the state’s 55 electoral votes. If Clinton wins the state, it would mark the seventh consecutive time the Democratic nominee has done so. The state has voted Democratic in the last six presidential elections, dating back to 1992.

California voted for President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, when the president won the state by 23.1 percentage points.

Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez, both Democrats, are battling for the California Senate seat currently held by Barbara Boxer (D).

California has 53 members in the House of Representatives, 39 Democrats and 14 Republicans. Every House seat is up for re-election. Click here for a map of the state’s congressional districts.


Heading into the election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the California State Senate with 26 of 40 seats. A total of 20 seats out of the 40 seats in the California State Senate are up for election in 2016. California state senators serve staggered, four-year terms and half of the senate is up for election every two years.

The Democratic party also holds the majority in the House with 52 of 80 seats. All 80 seats in the California State Assembly are up for election in 2016.

The next California governor’s race isn’t until 2018. Jerry Brown (D) has served as governor since 2011.

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