This page provides general information about upcoming elections; how, when, and where to vote, as well as information about registering to vote. It also includes a number of non-partisan election guides to refer to when researching candidates and issues on the ballot.
Gubernatorial Recall Election 2021 – September 14, 2021
- August 16, 2021 - First day to vote-by-mail. This date is also the first day that county elections offices will begin mailing ballots.
- August 30, 2021 - Last day to register to vote. However, you can “conditionally” register and vote after this date and up to and including Election Day. Click here for more information.
- September 14, 2021 - Election Day (Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm.)
Who & What Will Be on the Ballot?
There are two (2) recall contests on the ballot; the recall of Governor Gavin Newson and Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch. There will also be a question for City of Rohnert Park residents regarding the sale and use of fireworks in the city. Please visit the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters website for more information.
Regarding the gubernatorial recall:
According to the CA Secretary of State Website, the recall ballot will ask:
- Do you want to recall Governor Newsom?
- If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?
If 50% or more vote NO, the governor would remain in office.
If more than 50% vote YES, the governor would be removed from office and the person with the most votes would replace him.
Voter Registration Lookup
Are you registered to vote? Find out by using one of these options:
- County of Sonoma Voter Registration Lookup
- Phone: (707) 565-6800
- Toll Free in CA only: (800) 750-8683
If you are not registered to vote:
- National Voter Registration Day: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – Learn about this nonpartisan celebration and register to vote while you are there!
- Register to Vote Online
- Voting Registration Application
- Check Your Voter Status
- Voter Hotline:
(800) 345-VOTE (8683) or click here for hotlines for languages other than English
- Register in Person:
Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
435 Fiscal Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
- Voters Registering Overseas:
Register to vote by using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form no later than 15 days prior to an election.
- Accessibility Assistance:
- TDD for Hearing Impaired: (707) 565-6888
- Phone: (707) 565-3800
Fax: (707) 565-3905
CA Relay Service: 711
- Contact: Victoria Willard, ADA Coordinator
Phone: (707) 565-2331
Fax: (707) 565-3770
How & Where to Vote
- Secure Ballot Drop Boxes will open by August 17, 2021 and continue to be open through Election Day (September 14, 2021) at 8 pm.
- Sonoma County Secure Ballot Drop Box Locations
- Vote by Mail
- Where's My Ballot?
- Phone: (707) 565-6800
Election Contacts – Sonoma County & State of California
- Sonoma County Election Office
Deva Marie Proto, County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters
Phone: (707) 565-6800
Toll Free in CA only: (800) 750-8683
- California Secretary of State Election Division
California Secretary of State: Dr. Shirley N. Weber
- California Secretary of State Investigative Services
If you believe that you are a victim of election fraud or have witnessed a criminal violation of the California Elections code, you may use the Election Voter Complaint Form to report the violation:
Election Guides / Non-Partisan Voter Information
Research Candidates and Issues:
- League of Women Voters of Sonoma County
“Encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.”
Phone: (707) 546-5943
“A nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics.”
- National Association of Secretaries of State, Initiative #TrustedInfo
“In Nov. 2019, NASS originally launched #TrustedInfo2020—an education effort to promote election officials as the trusted sources of election information. Due to the initiative's success, NASS will continue the campaign under #TrustedInfo.”
- Nonprofit VOTE
“Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. We are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.”
- Vote 411
“Personalized Voting Information.”
“Vote.org is the largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan voting registration and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) technology platform in America.”
- Voter’s Edge California
“A comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections covering federal, state, and local races in the state of California.”