California’s Primary Election is June 5 and your vote matters.

First, California’s nonpartisan blanket or “jungle” primary passes the two candidates with the top vote totals to the November election, regardless of party. Several offices have more than 10 candidates from at least one party running so 1 vote can make a big difference. The race to replace Governor Jerry Brown has over 25 candidates on the ballot!

Second, there are 5 propositions on the ballot for voters to decide. The propositions include Proposition 69, the Transportation “Lockbox,” and Proposition 72, an amendment to exclude rainwater capture systems from property tax assessments.

Third, if one candidate receives over 50% of the vote in certain Primary elections then there is no November election. Those races include San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, and Superior Court Judges. It can be difficult to find information about candidates running for judge. The San Diego County Bar Association evaluates judicial candidates for contested elections.

Offices up for election include US Senate, House of Representatives, Governor, Lt. Governor, State Assembly (all districts), Secretary of State, Attorney General, and more.  Local government offices included in this Primary Election include Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, District Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer, and some Superior Court Judge seats.