(Updated with revised endorsement info. 5/30/18, 6/1/18)
First, make sure you have a Voting Plan!
What the heck is that? Is it boring? Is it painful?
A voting plan is described here and “No” and “No.”
Indivisible Ventura is not officially endorsing any particular candidate, but we’ve pulled together endorsements from other groups we respect for you to read and compare along with reference materials. This is a long ballot and we want to make the process easier for everyone.
Why should our husbands be the only ones to benefit from our hours of research?
Add (2) stamps before dropping it in a mailbox, or drop it off at a poll box.
Did you miss the registration deadline and are now sad you can’t join in?
Hah! You can still register and vote up to and on Election Day! See information at the bottom under “Ventura County Voter Resources”.
UPDATE: This is not the Democratic endorsement guide you’re looking for…
Voters are now gettting something that looks like this in the mail. This is NOT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY! This is a commercial advertisement mailer from “Voter Guide Slate Cards“, paid for by the candidates that appear on it.
Here are the actual endorsements from various Democratic Party entities
- CA Democratic Party (CADEM) here.
- Ventura Club of Ventura: here.
- Ojai Democratic Club: here
- Ventura County Democratic Party Endorsements: here
- Other Counties here.
Here are the ballot sections. We’ve included a few endorsements in the picture segments to give you an idea of who is supporting each candidate. Click on the links at the bottom of each segment for more complete endorsements information.
Remember that this is a “jungle primary” where no party is guaranteed a slot on the November ballot, so be careful of using your vote on the cute underdog in the corner. Here’s a good article on the dangers inherent in this top-two primary system.
Governor – Pick (1) one
The highest elected official in California: Oversees most state departments and agencies. Prepares annual state budget. Approves or rejects new state laws.
- Gavin Newsom Ballotpedia
- Gavin Newsom endorsement here here
- Sierra Club: Gavin Newsom | Press Release | Why Sierra Club Endorses Newsom
- Don’t let charter schools cloud the race for Brown’s successor. Vote Newsom or Chiang (Sacbee)
- John Chiang endorsements
- Antonio Villaraigosa endorsements
- Delaine Eastin endorsements
- Governor race overview and endorsement updates – Ballotpedia
Lieutenant Governor -Pick (1) one
Next in line: Becomes Governor if the elected Governor leaves office. Has a tie-breaking vote in the State Senate. Serves on boards and commissions.
- Eleni Kounalakis Endorsements
- Ed Hernandez Endorsements
- Sierra Club: Jeff Bleich | Press Release
- Jeff Bleich Endorsements
- Ballotpedia endorsement updates
Secretary of State – Pick (1) one
Head of elections and record keeping: Coordinates statewide elections and oversees election laws. Also keeps records about new corporations and businesses and other state databases.
Controller – Pick (1) one
The state’s bookkeeper: Keeps track of how the state’s money is spent. Issues most checks from the state and manages collection of money due to the state. Reports on finances of state and local governments. Serves on the Board of Equalization, the Board of Control, and other boards and commissions.
Treasurer – Pick (1) one
Attorney General – Pick (1) one
The state’s top lawyer: Makes sure laws are enforced the same way across the state. Manages the CA Department of Justice. Oversees sheriffs and district attorneys.
- Xavier Becerra Endorsements
- Sierra Club: Xavier Becerra | Press Release
- Dave Jones Endorsements
- Attorney General – Ballotpedia
Insurance Commissioner -Pick (1) one
Insurance overseer: Manages the CA Department of Insurance. Enforces laws that insurance companies must follow.
Board of Equalization, District 3 -Pick (1) one
A member serves on the Board of Equalization, the state’s elected tax commission, which oversees the administration of tax and fee programs, including those for alcohol and oversees the administration of property tax.
- Lots of stuff going on here.
- Why we’re not crazy about Tony Vasquez: here.
- Scott Svonkin has a lot of endorsements: here.
- Cheryl Turner endorsements here and here.
- Layman analysis of candidates here.
US Senator -Pick (1) one
Go for a deeper dive with Indivisible SF’s scorecard of senatorial candidates’ responses to interview questions. Click on link here for expanded answers for each candidate, including Feinstein’s statement on healthcare. PDF version here. (Indivisible SF)
US Representative, 26th District -Pick (1) one
Check your ballot. You are either in Brownley’s district (26th) or Carbajal’s (24th).
US Representative, 24th District -Pick (1) one
Sierra Club endorsement
State Assembly, 37th District – Pick (1) one
Sierra Club endorsement
Judges – Office #4 – Pick(1) one
Judges – Office #6 – Pick(1) one
State Superintendent of Public Instruction – Pick (1) one
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Head of public schools: Manages the state Department of Education. Provides leadership and assistance to all public schools in California. Enforces education regulations.
- The Right Wing, Anti-Gay Crusade Behind Marshall Tuck’s Campaign to Take Over California Schools (LA Progressive)
- Marshall Tuck’s Legacy of Bigotry and Failure (School Matters)
- Green Dot’s failure empty promise (LA Times)
- Green Dot Charter Schools: A cautionary tale (seattle)
- Peter Greene: Marshall Tuck Will Destroy Public Education in California and Then What? (dianeravitch) 2014
- The NAACP writes a letter of protest to billionaire Bill Bloomfield re: Tuck endorsement. (dianeravitch) 2018
- State superintendent candidate Marshall Tuck returns donation from anti-LGBT funder (Edsource)
- What does the Superintendent of Public Instruction do? (Edsource)
- Two candidates for state superintendent raise nearly $2 million (LA School Report)
County Superintendent of Public Instruction – Vote or not
Stanley C. Mantooth: County School chief strives to serve all students (vc star)
County – Tax Assessor – Vote or not
County – Auditor-Controller – Vote or not
County – Clerk and Recorder – Vote or not
County – District Attorney – Vote or not
County – Sheriff – Vote or not
County – Treasurer-Tax Collector – Vote or not
State Measures – Pick “Yes” or “No”
There are 5 state propositions in this election. You do not have to vote on everything,, but there seems to be some clear consensus here on the progressive side.
- Sierra Club recommendation for Prop. 68: here.
- Sierra Club opposition to Proposition 70 – Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund: here.
- League of Women Voters Recommendations: here.
OK, you finished! YAY! Now, what do you do with your ballot?
1. Return it!
You can return your ballot by:
- Mailing it to your county elections official. 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 three days after Election Day. If you’re not sure your vote-by-mail ballot will arrive in time, bring it to any polling place in your county between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- Returning it in person to a polling place or the office of your county elections official. Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- Dropping your ballot into one of your county’s ballot drop boxes. Vote-by-mail ballots that are personally delivered to a ballot drop-off location must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- Authorizing someone to return the ballot for you. Anyone can return your ballot for you as long as they do not get paid. In order for your ballot to be counted you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.
2. Make sure your mail-in ballot has the right postage.
Counties will have varying costs in postage due to the different sizes and weights of a ballot. Ballots for Ventura County require two first class stamps this year.
3. Don’t forget to sign your envelope!
If you don’t sign, your vote won’t count!
4. There is still time to apply to vote by mail. Deadline passed. Registered voters can still apply for a vote-by-mail ballot. There are three ways to apply for a mail ballot: By mail. Yes, you can apply for a mail ballot by mail but your application must be received no later than seven days before the June 5 election day. The deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by mail is May 29. You may use the application printed on the voter information guide that is mailed to you by your county elections official prior to every election. You may also visit or write to your county elections official for an application or you may use the California Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application (PDF). In person. You can apply in person at your county elections office to request a vote-by-mail. This can be done any time after seven days before Election Day (May 29). By telephone. You can contact your county elections official to see if your county allows you to apply by telephone. Ventura County allows this.
Ventura County Voter Resources
- Did you miss the registration deadline of May 21st?
YOU CAN STILL VOTE! Go in person to the Elections Division, in the basement of the County Bldg. – 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. You can register and VOTE right there up to and on June 5th!
- Confirm your voter registration: https://iwillvote.com/
- Info for overseas/military voters here
- Early voting May 5 – June 4, more info here
- Find your polling place here
- Check ID requirements here
Protect Your Vote: California’s Voter Bill of Rights
- Official Voter Guide for California: here.
- Voting guide for Ventura County: here.
- League of Women Voters Guide (easyvoterguide.org)
Candidates endorsed by the Democratic Club of Ventura (Ventura Democrats)
- Ventura County Democrat Endorsements here.
- SF Bernicrat picks: here.
- SF League of Pissed off Voters: here.
- Sierra Club endorsements: here.
- League of Women Voters Recommendations: here.
- Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California here.
- San Diego Free Press: here.
- Why don’t people vote? here.
- Planned Parenthood endorsements here.
- Find in-dept information about what’s on your ballot here.