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Election Calendar for March 5, 2002

February 4 - first day absentee ballots may be issued
February 12 - last day for state to mail Voter Information Guide
February 19 - last day to register to vote on March 5
February 23 - last day for counties to mail sample ballot to registered voters
February 26 - last day the Elections Office can receive your mailed/faxed absentee ballot application
March 5 - last day the Elections Office can receive your voted absentee ballot. Postmarks do not count
March 5 - Election Day, 7am-8pm

The primary election on March 5, 2002 has changed in three ways.


Are you in new voting districts in this election? Read about the effects of redistricting...


The rules for voting for partisan candidates have changed. When you receive your ballot, it will list the candidates for your registered party plus any nonpartisan contests. If you "declined to state" a party choice on your registration, you have more choices. To see the choices on your ballot, be sure to select a party when you use "My Ballot". [...more about voting]

To change your party, you must re-register. The registration deadline is February 19 for this election. If you register after February 4, you may not receive a sample ballot in the mail and may not be on the voting rolls at your polling place; however, you can and should vote a provisional ballot.


For the first time, any voter may apply for a permanent absentee ballot. Your county may have a special application form. Find your county elections office by entering your zip code:

Once enrolled as a Permanent Absent Voter, you will automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election in which you are entitled to vote. You will no longer need to apply for an absentee ballot each election. Failure to vote in a statewide election, however, will cancel your Permanent Absent Voter status, but will not affect your active voter registration status.


See some Questions and Answers about Voting in California for information about voting at the polls, absentee voting, and mail-in precincts.

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