Citizen’s Guide

According to the California Secretary of State, in the June 2014 primary elections, only 25.17% of registered voters and 18.44% of those eligible to vote bothered to cast a ballot, the lowest percentage in any special, primary, or general statewide election in nearly a century.

How can you become a more informed citizen and participant in the democratic process? Here you can find more information about several of California’s elected and appointed public officials and their responsibilities, the three branches of government and the accompanying system of checks and balances, how you can participate in the political process, and the life cycle of a bill, from being one of your ideas to becoming a law and being chaptered by the Secretary of State. Not registered to vote? You still have a voice and can influence California’s future with the help of the information found here.