To achieve full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people, Equality California is committed to endorsing and supporting openly LGBTQ+ and pro-equality candidates — up and down the ballot — who will fight for civil rights and social justice.
Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local, state and federal offices who have a proven track record of supporting equal rights and legal protections for LGBTQ+ Californians and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.
Bold indicates an openly LGBTQ+ candidate.
Click here for a list of our 2021 election endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2020 general election endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2020 primary election endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2019 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2018 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2017 endorsements.
Click here for a list of our 2016 endorsements.
If you are registered to vote in California, your county elections office will begin mailing ballots approximately one month before Election Day. It can take a few days for your ballot to arrive in the mail. Click here to track your ballot or click here to contact your county elections office if you think your ballot may have been lost in the mail. If you aren’t registered to vote in California, click here for more information about how to vote in your state.
When you receive your California vote-by-mail ballot, make sure to read and follow the included instructions carefully. After carefully marking your choices on your ballot, simply:
If you lost your ballot or didn’t receive it in the mail, voting locations will offer replacement ballots, voter registration, accessible voting machines and language assistance. Voting locations will be available in all California counties before and on Election Day. Click here to find an early voting location near you.
Equality California PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates running for local, state legislative and statewide offices, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ+ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.
Equality California Federal PAC works to elect pro-equality candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate or president, who have a proven track record of supporting civil rights and social justice for LGBTQ+ people and who are committed to advancing these goals in their capacity as elected officials.
Equality California Issues PAC endorses or opposes select initiative and issue campaigns that come before California’s voters. This PAC endorses or opposes initiatives relevant to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as initiatives that are important to the diverse communities to which LGBTQ+ people belong or that have a substantial impact upon our state.
Equality California’s PACs are overseen by a group of dedicated community leaders and activists:
* Member of Equality California Board of Directors
^ Member of the Equality California Board of Advisors
Except in rare circumstances, Equality California only endorses openly LGBTQ+ candidates in local races, with the goal of supporting the careers of exceptional leaders in our community to build and develop a bench of strong openly LGBTQ+ leaders and candidates for higher office.
In races for California Assembly and Senate, the United States House of Representatives and Senate and California State Constitutional Offices, Equality California considers endorsement of all candidates — those who are openly LGBTQ+ and pro-equality allies — who meet our screening and endorsement criteria.
Equality California conducts research to determine candidates’ records on LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice and will extend invitations to participate in the endorsement process based on past record, viability and Equality California priority considerations.
Endorsement by Equality California requires completion of a candidate questionnaire and candidate interviews. Candidates who are interested in our endorsement should contact Mike Ai at firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible to inform us of your candidacy.
Paid for by Equality California Political Action Committee. Committee major funding from:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Caucus Leadership Fund
California Apartment Association
Not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate.