2020 Presidential General Election

November 3, 2020

View the Frequently Asked Questions about this election to learn more.

 

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

Resolving Unsigned Mail Ballots and Provisional Ballots

When the Registrar of Voters receives a voted mail ballot or provisional ballot without the voter’s signature on the return envelope, the Registrar of Voters is unable to count that ballot.  However, California law allows voters another chance to correct their mail ballot or provisional ballot up until two days before the election results are certified. These voters are notified by mail that they may:

  • Go to the Registrar of Voters to sign the mail ballot or provisional ballot return envelope in person, or
  • Complete and return an Unsigned Ballot Statement.

If you received a letter from the Registrar of Voters stating that your mail ballot or provisional ballot return envelope was not signed, go to the Registrar of Voters to sign your envelope, or complete and return an Unsigned Ballot Statement.


For mail ballots:

For provisional ballots:

Resolving Non-Matching Signatures on Mail Ballots and Provisional Ballots

When the Registrar of Voters receives a voted mail ballot or provisional ballot but is unable to match the voter's signature on the return envelope with the signature on file in the voter's record, the Registrar of Voters is unable to count that ballot. However, California law allows voters another chance to correct their mail ballot or provisional ballot up until two days before the election results are certified. These voters are notified by mail that they may: 

  • Go to the Registrar of Voters to sign the Signature Verification Statement in person.
  • Complete and return a Signature Verification Statement.

If you received a letter from the Registrar of Voters stating that your signature on your mail ballot return envelope or provisional ballot was unable to be matched with your signature on file, complete and return a Signature Verification Statement immediately.


For mail ballots:

For provisional ballots:

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 provides customized election information for voters who use screen-reader software.

State of California Voter Information Guide

Press Releases and Public Notices

Voting Options

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

  • Vote a Mail Ballot. 
  • 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
  • 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. For complete information, visit the Secretary of State’s website for Military and Overseas Voters.

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.

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].

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.

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:

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.

Election Results