It's time to vote, and I am proud to report that Contra Costa County has many options that make voting as friendly and accessible as possible for our residents. Congressional, statewide and local offices are all on the line, and we want to ensure that everyone's voices are heard.
* Elections info via text message: The Elections Office launched this great feature in 2016. Just text to "2vote" (28683) and type in "contra costa" in the message, then follow the link in the return text. Use this handy tool to find your polling place and find Election Night results.
* If you're not registered, you can still register and vote in this election: Conditional Voter Registration is provided by Contra Costa Elections Division to assist those who were unable to register before the deadline. You can go to the Elections Office at 555 Escobar Street in Martinez anytime during business hours and on Election Day.
You can also visit the following locations from November 1st to November 3rd and November 5th.
* Richmond: Bay Hills Community Church, 4000 Klose Way
* Antioch: Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way
* Walnut Creek: Walnut Creek City Hall, 1666 North Main Street
For more info call 925.335.7800
* Early voting: Those who missed the October 22 voter registration deadline can still register AND vote. Conditional Voter Registration is available up to and through Election Day at the County Elections Office, located at 555 Escobar St. in Martinez.
The West County location for this convenient program is Bay Hills Community Church, 4100 Klose Way (near Hilltop Mall), Richmond.
All Contra Costa voters are able to use these Regional Early Voting locations as a way to avoid the long lines on Election Day.
* Drop off boxes for vote by mail ballots (no postage): Available from October 15 to November 6. Each site will be open to drop off anytime during each of the below city's normal business hours. The West County sites are:
1. El Cerrito City Hall 10890 San Pablo Ave., at Manila Avenue
2. Hercules City Hall 111 Civic Dr., off Sycamore Avenue
3. Pinole City Hall 2131 Pear St., near Tennent Avenue
4. Richmond City Hall 450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, off Macdonald Avenue
5. San Pablo City Hall 13831 San Pablo Ave., Building 1, near Church Lane
These drop-off boxes do not require you to put postage on your Vote-By-Mail envelope.
* Polling places across our communities:
A full list of polling places for November 6 is available by
* Election Preview:
Part of being a responsible voter is being informed before you cast your ballot. The Elections Office, local chapters of the League of Women Voters, Contra Costa Television and the Contra Costa County Library have teamed up to create candidate roundtables for 40 local races and measures. To see and hear about the candidates for the race you care most about, watch the Election Preview