It’s election season, baby!
Today is the final day for San Francisco voters to cast or mail in their ballots in a special election runoff that will determine who fills the state Assembly seat vacated by David Chiu when he was appointed San Francisco city attorney — the latest in a slew of special elections prompted by a “Great Resignation” of state lawmakers.
And, in exactly seven weeks, the statewide June 7 primary election will be upon us.
But don’t worry: CalMatters is here to help.
We’ve launched a revamped, better-than-ever version of our renowned Voter Guide to walk you through all you need to know about the quickly approaching election, including:
- Key election dates and a voting FAQ.
- An interactive tool to find your newly redrawn congressional and legislative districts — and the candidates competing in them.
- Candidate resumes and job descriptions — if you’ve ever wondered how much a governor earns, or the difference between state controller and treasurer, now’s your chance to find out!
- Hot races for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and state Assembly and Senate.
- Side-by-side comparisons in key, contested races of top candidates’ stances on major issues, including housing and homelessness, education, justice, health care, the economy and the environment.
- The most comprehensive campaign finance data we’ve ever provided.
- And a curated selection of must-know election news and analysis.
“We made the CalMatters Voter Guide so you could find these answers from expert, independent reporters who ask the tough questions, look at the research and talk to all sides,” said Editor-in-Chief David Lesher. “We want you to feel confident in the decisions you need to make.”
You got a sneak peek of the Voter Guide in Monday’s newsletter, which shared key takeaways from CalMatters’ 90-minute interview with GOP state Sen. Brian Dahle, the Lassen County farmer seeking to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom.
And here’s our newest offering: the top things you should know from our 70-minute interview with Nathan Hochman, a Republican former federal prosecutor running for attorney general against Democratic incumbent — and Newsom appointee — Rob Bonta.
- Hochman doesn’t believe voters will be scared away by his GOP label: Amid rising concerns over crime, voters are “going to look beyond the party and they’re going to look at the actual individual — on who can make their communities more safe and secure.”