2020 Presidential General Election

November 3, 2020
Due to the current public health emergency, urgency legislation has been chaptered that changes how the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election will be conducted.

All active registered voters will receive a mail ballot. However, in person voting options are sill available. Polling places will be open for four days - October 31 through November 3, 2020. Since many polling places have changed since the primary election, voters are urged to check the back of their Voter Information Guide or use the Polling Place Look-up Tool to find their assigned polling place. 

Please check back for potential updates to this page.


Key Dates and Deadlines

Date Action
July 13, 2020 Candidate filing begins for all offices
August 7, 2020 Candidate filing deadline for all offices
September 29, 2020  Voter Information Guides delivered to U.S. Postal Service
October 5, 2020  Early voting begins
October 5, 2020  Mail Ballots delivered to U.S. Postal Service
October 19, 2020  Voter registration deadline
October 27, 2020  Deadline to apply to vote by mail
November 3, 2020 Election Day - 2020 Presidential General Election
November 4, 2020  Canvass of the Election begins
December 1, 2020  Deadline to complete the official canvass and certify the results

Election Publications

County of San Bernardino Voter Information Guide

  • The Voter Information Guide is a booklet published by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters that includes information about voting, candidates and measures, a sample ballot, and polling place information. 
  • To save taxpayer money, voters will receive two Voter Information Guides in the mail for this election.  One guide contains a sample ballot, candidate statements, and local measure information.  The second guide is the Supplemental Voter Information Guide, and only includes information for countywide Measures J and K.
  • The comprehensive Voter Information Guide [pdf] contains information for all offices up for election throughout San Bernardino County including the information about countywide Measures J and K that were printed in the Supplemental Voter Information Guide. You can also view the comprehensive Voter Information Guide in Spanish [pdf].
  • The precinct specific Voter Information Guide contains information for offices up for election in each precinct. You can view precinct specific Voter Information Guides by using the Polling Place and Voter Information Guide Lookup tool [link].
  • The accessible format Voter Information Guide [available soon] provides customized election information for voters who use screen-reader software.

State of California Voter Information Guide

  • The California Secretary of State has also published a Voter Information Guide [pdf] which includes information about candidates for statewide offices, and the Text of Proposed Laws [pdf] which includes state proposition information. You can also view the Secretary of State's Voter Information Guide in Spanish [available soon] and Text of Proposed Laws in Spanish [available soon].

Press Releases and Public Notices

Voter Registration

If voters need to register or re-register, the voter registration application must be postmarked or submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 19, 2020, for the 2020 Presidential General Election.

If you miss the voter registration deadline, you can still register and vote in person at the Registrar of Voters office or an Early Vote site, or at a polling place. View the Vote Early page for locations, dates, and hours of the Early Vote sites for this election.

  • Visit our Voter Registration page for complete information and instructions about registering to vote.
  • View the Registration Summary of Qualified Voters [available soon] for this election.

From October 20, 2020, up until the close of the polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day, all voters can still update their residential address or political party preference.

On February 13, 2020, urgency legislation Senate Bill 207 [pdf] was chaptered that permits voters to update their residential address or political party preference after the registration deadline for an election without requiring voters to re-register. A written request submitted to the Registrar of Voters is sufficient.

For more information, view the instructions and a Change of Address / Political Party Form [available soon].

Voting Options

Voting options for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election:

  • Vote a Mail Ballot. 
    • No application is necessary for this election. All voters will be mailed a ballot.
      • Call the Registrar of Voters at (909) 387-8300 if you need a replacement ballot.
    • Find a Mail Ballot Drop-off Location [available soon]
  • Vote early at the Registrar of Voters office beginning October 5, 2020.

  • Vote early at an Early Vote site.
    • View the list of Early Vote sites for locations, dates and hours of operation.

  • Vote in person at a Polling Place

Voters with a disability:

Voters with a disability may vote independently:

  • Using their computer, to mark an accessible ballot [available soon]
  • At any Early Vote site or any polling place using an accessible ballot marking device on Election Day

Visit our Voting Options page for complete information and instructions.

Military and Overseas Voters:

Uniformed and Overseas citizens can obtain a Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot as well as a Ballot for this election [available soon]. For complete information, visit the Secretary of State’s website for Military and Overseas Voters.

Offices and Candidates Information

Offices Up For Election:

Candidate Filing:

Candidate filing has been extended for offices where the eligible incumbent did not file candidacy documents by the original filing deadline. The deadline extends to Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. 

Write- in Candidate Filing:

For the health and safety of potential candidates and staff, write-in candidate filing will be provided by appointment only, either online or in-person at the Registrar of Voters office. Walk-ins may be assisted if there is an available filing clerk; otherwise, the next available appointment can be scheduled. 

Candidate Statements:

  • View the Estimated Candidate Statement Costs [pdf].
    • Candidates are required to pay the estimated costs of printing their candidate statement in the Voter Information Guide at the time of filing.
  • Use the Candidate Statement Form [no longer available] to prepare a candidate statement. 

Lists of Candidates:

Measures on the Ballot

  • View the Local Measures on the ballot for the 2020 Presidential General Election.
  • The vote requirement for local measures can be found on the Local Measures page.

Translated Sample Ballots

Request a precinct specific translated sample ballot for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election:

Review translated sample ballots with all contests for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election [available soon]:

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Mail Ballot Return Statistics

The Mail Ballot Return Statistics Report shows the number of mail ballots that have been issued and returned for the election, as well as historical statistics for previous elections. The data presented on this report is updated daily and may fluctuate as additional mail ballot applications are received and voted mail ballots are processed.

  • View the Mail Ballot Return Statistics Report [available soon] for this election.

Election Results

  • Election Results [available soon]
  • Election Results Posting Schedule and Ballots Remaining to be Processed [available soon]
  • Explanation of Election Results [available soon]
  • Local Measures vote requirements [available soon]
  • Statement of Votes Cast by Precincts [available soon]
  • Statement of Votes Cast by Reporting Districts [available soon]
  • Provisional Ballot Lookup [available soon]