2020 California elections

California state elections in 2020 will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Unlike previous election cycles, the primary elections will be held on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020.[1]

In addition to the U.S. presidential race, California voters will elect all of California's seats to the House of Representatives, all of the seats of the State Assembly, and all odd-numbered seats of the State Senate. Neither of the state's two U.S. Senate seats are up for election this year.

Pursuant to Proposition 14 passed in 2010, California uses a nonpartisan blanket primary for almost all races, with the presidential primary races being the notable exception. Under the nonpartisan blanket primary system, all the candidates for the same elected office, regardless of respective political party, run against each other at once during the primary. The candidates receiving the most and second-most votes in the primary election then become the contestants in the general election.

President of the United States[edit]

California, a stronghold for the Democratic Party and thus a reliable "blue state", has 55 electoral votes in the Electoral College.

United States House of Representatives[edit]

There are 53 U.S. Representatives in California that will be up for election.

State Senate[edit]

The 20 California State Senators in the odd-numbered districts will be up for election.

State Assembly[edit]

All 80 representatives in the California State Assembly will be up for election.


Since the passage of a November 2011 law, only propositions placed on the ballot by the state legislature may appear on the primary ballot, and all qualifying measures placed via petition are automatically moved to the general election ballot.[2]

Primary election[edit]

  • Proposition 13 - Failed
    • The Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020 (Assembly Bill 48). A $15 billion bond measure to fund seismic retrofitting and other capital improvements on various California public preschool, K-12, and college campuses.[3] Supporters argued that these improvements will make public schools safer and healthier. Opponents said that the actual total cost of the bonds plus interest will exceed $27 billion, more expensive than using funds directly from the regular state budget.[4]

General election[edit]

  • Referendum to Overturn a 2018 Law That Replaced Money Bail System with A System Based on Public Safety Risk. A referendum (placed on the ballot via petition) on Senate Bill 10 passed by the state legislature in 2018 that replaces the state's current cash bail system with a risk assessment-based bail system.[5]


  1. ^ Dezenski, Lauren (December 19, 2018). "Why California leapfrogged the 2020 primary schedule".
  2. ^ Siders, David (October 8, 2011). "Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill restricting ballot initiative to November elections". Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on February 12, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "CA Legislature passes facilities bond measure for 2020 ballot". The Daily Californian. September 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "Proposition 13". March 3, 2020 Primary Election Official Voter Information Guide. California Secretary of State.
  5. ^ "The fate of California's cash bail industry will now be decided on the 2020 ballot". Sacramento Bee. August 17, 2019.

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