California and Monterey elections

The mid-term elections are coming up on November 8th. California allows for early voting and I have already received my ballot along with a thick booklet from the state describing the many ways to vote and also information about all the candidates and the ballot issues, of which there are many. I received another thick booklet about all the issues the pertain to elections in just Monterey County. The second booklet has a sample ballot that I use to check off all my choices before entering them into the actual ballot prior to dropping it off. It is all very efficient and well-organized.

There are helpful guides to get information on the people and ballot issues. One is from the League of Women Voters. Another is from a self-described progressive who lives in Monterey giving his recommendations.

I live in the tiny town of Del Rey Oaks that is adjacent to the town of Monterey. It has a population of just around 1700 and the number of registered voters is about 1300. As a result, politics is very personalized. Both candidates for mayor have come to my home and talked with me. Two of the three candidates running for the two vacant seats in the city council have already come to my house. In fact the current mayor who is running for re-election sat down in my living room and we chatted for about half an hour about local issues. The next day she emailed me with some information about things that we had talked about.

There is something really quaint about small town politics. While I am sure that the people living here span the range of national politics, those highly charged national issues are out of sight. At least for now.


  1. johnson catman says

    It is all very efficient and well-organized.

    Just the kind of thing that republicans hate and fight against because they would prefer to make voting harder, not easier.

  2. Some Old Programmer says

    I miss California elections.

    In Massachusetts the Secretary of State sends out a pamphlet on the ballot questions--and that’s it. I’m not counting the “information” sent out by candidates. If I want a sample ballot, I have to hunt it down from our city’s website (what precinct and ward are we in again?). For candidates, we have to try to find a reasonable source for issues relevant to the office and their position(s). Of course the standard R platform of evil tends to make the general election easier than the primary election.

  3. anat says

    I already got the booklet of candidate information for state level elections, still waiting for the booklet for the county level elections. And my ballot, of course.

    When my state senator ran for this position for the first time, 4 years ago, he knocked on every door in the legislative district. Those are many doors! When he came to our house we talked about his taxation proposals, after which i decided to volunteer for his campaign. Had some fun stuffing envelopes while chatting with other volunteers.

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