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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.

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Vote By Mail
Voting by mail is SAFE and EASY — and you don’t even need a stamp in California! All active registered California voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020 election. If you live in California, click here to check your voter registration status. If you live in another state, click here to check your registration status.

If you are registered to vote in California, your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by Monday, October 5, 2020. 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:

  1. Seal it. Secure your ballot inside the envelope from your county elections office.
  2. Sign it. Make sure the signature on your ballot envelope matches the one on your California driver’s license or state ID, OR the signature you provided when registering. Your county elections office will compare them to protect your vote.
  3. Return it by mail OR in person:
    • By mail: Make sure your ballot is postmarked by November 3, 2020. No stamp required!
    • In person: If you prefer, drop your ballot off at a secure drop box, polling place, vote center or your county elections office by 8:00 PM on November 3, 2020. Click here to find a ballot drop off location near you.
  4. Track it. Click here to track your ballot and sign up for status alerts by text message, email or voice call.

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, which is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Click here to find an early voting location near you.

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Our Endorsements

Current Endorsements

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.

President and Vice President of the United States

  • Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

California Ballot Measures:

  • YES on Proposition 14 – Stem Cell Research, Treatments and Cures Initiative
  • YES on Proposition 15 – Schools and Communities First Initiative
  • YES on Proposition 16 – Opportunity for All Constitutional Amendment
  • YES on Proposition 17 – Voting Rights for People on Parole Amendment
  • YES on Proposition 18 – Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment
  • NO on Proposition 20 – Prison Spending Scam
  • YES on Proposition 25 – End Money Bail Referendum

United States House of Representatives:

  • Congressional District 1: Audrey Denney
  • Congressional District 2: Jared Huffman
  • Congressional District 3: John Garamendi
  • Congressional District 4: Brynne Kennedy
  • Congressional District 5: Mike Thompson
  • Congressional District 6: Doris Matsui
  • Congressional District 7: Ami Bera
  • Congressional District 8: Chris Bubser
  • Congressional District 9: Jerry McNerney
  • Congressional District 10: Josh Harder
  • Congressional District 11: Mark DeSaulnier
  • Congressional District 12: Nancy Pelosi
  • Congressional District 13: Barbara Lee
  • Congressional District 14: Jackie Speier
  • Congressional District 15: Eric Swalwell
  • Congressional District 16: Jim Costa
  • Congressional District 17: Ro Khanna
  • Congressional District 18: Anna Eshoo
  • Congressional District 19: Zoe Lofgren
  • Congressional District 20: Jimmy Panetta
  • Congressional District 21: TJ Cox
  • Congressional District 22: Phil Arballo
  • Congressional District 24: Salud Carbajal
  • Congressional District 25: Christy Smith
  • Congressional District 26: Julia Brownley
  • Congressional District 27: Judy Chu
  • Congressional District 28: Adam Schiff
  • Congressional District 29: Tony Cárdenas
  • Congressional District 30: Brad Sherman
  • Congressional District 31: Pete Aguilar
  • Congressional District 32: Grace Napolitano
  • Congressional District 33: Ted Lieu
  • Congressional District 34: Jimmy Gomez
  • Congressional District 35: Norma Torres
  • Congressional District 36: Raul Ruiz
  • Congressional District 37: Karen Bass
  • Congressional District 38: Linda Sánchez
  • Congressional District 39: Gil Cisneros
  • Congressional District 40: Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • Congressional District 41: Mark Takano
  • Congressional District 43: Maxine Waters
  • Congressional District 44: Nanette Barragan
  • Congressional District 45: Katie Porter
  • Congressional District 46: Lou Correa
  • Congressional District 47: Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressional District 48: Harley Rouda
  • Congressional District 49: Mike Levin
  • Congressional District 50: Ammar Campa-Najjar
  • Congressional District 51: Juan Vargas
  • Congressional District 52: Scott Peters
  • Congressional District 53: Georgette Gómez and Sara Jacobs (dual endorsement)

California Senate:

  • Senate District 5: Susan Eggman 
  • Senate District 9: Nancy Skinner
  • Senate District 11: Scott Wiener
  • Senate District 13 : Josh Becker
  • Senate District 15: Ann Ravel
  • Senate District 17: John Laird
  • Senate District 19: Monique Limón
  • Senate District 21: Kipp Mueller
  • Senate District 23: Abigail Medina 
  • Senate District 25: Anthony Portantino
  • Senate District 27: Henry Stern
  • Senate District 28: Elizabeth Romero
  • Senate District 29: Josh Newman
  • Senate District 31: Richard Roth
  • Senate District 33: Lena Gonzalez
  • Senate District 35: Steven Bradford
  • Senate District 37: Dave Min
  • Senate District 39: Toni Atkins

California Assembly:

  • Assembly District 2: Jim Wood
  • Assembly District 4: Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
  • Assembly District 6: Jackie Smith
  • Assembly District 7: Kevin McCarty
  • Assembly District 10: Marc Levine
  • Assembly District 13: Kathy Miller
  • Assembly District 15: Buffy Wicks
  • Assembly District 16: Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
  • Assembly District 17: David Chiu
  • Assembly District 18: Rob Bonta
  • Assembly District 19: Phil Ting
  • Assembly District 20: Bill Quirk
  • Assembly District 22: Kevin Mullin
  • Assembly District 24: Marc Berman
  • Assembly District 25: Alex Lee
  • Assembly District 26: Drew Phelps
  • Assembly District 27: Ash Kalra
  • Assembly District 28: Evan Low
  • Assembly District 29: Mark Stone
  • Assembly District 30: Robert Rivas
  • Assembly District 31: Joaquin Arambula
  • Assembly District 32: Rudy Salas, Jr.
  • Assembly District 35: Dawn Addis
  • Assembly District 36: Johnathon Ervin
  • Assembly District 37: Steve Bennett
  • Assembly District 39: Luz Rivas
  • Assembly District 40: James Ramos
  • Assembly District 41: Chris Holden
  • Assembly District 42: Chad Mayes
  • Assembly District 43: Laura Friedman
  • Assembly District 44: Jacqui Irwin
  • Assembly District 45: Jesse Gabriel
  • Assembly District 46: Adrin Nazarian
  • Assembly District 47: Eloise Gómez Reyes
  • Assembly District 48: Blanca Rubio
  • Assembly District 49: Ed Chau
  • Assembly District 50: Richard Bloom
  • Assembly District 51: Wendy Carrillo
  • Assembly District 52: Freddie Rodriguez
  • Assembly District 53: Miguel Santiago
  • Assembly District 54: Sydney Kamlager-Dove
  • Assembly District 55: Andrew Rodriguez
  • Assembly District 56: Eduardo Garcia
  • Assembly District 56: Lisa Calderon and Sylvia Rubio (dual endorsement)
  • Assembly District 59: Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • Assembly District 60: Sabrina Cervantes
  • Assembly District 61: Jose Medina
  • Assembly District 62: Autumn Burke
  • Assembly District 63: Anthony Rendon
  • Assembly District 64: Mike Gipson
  • Assembly District 65: Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • Assembly District 66: Al Muratsuchi
  • Assembly District 68: Melissa Fox
  • Assembly District 69: Tom Daly
  • Assembly District 70: Patrick O’Donnell
  • Assembly District 72: Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen
  • Assembly District 73: Scott Rhinehart
  • Assembly District 74: Cottie Petrie-Norris
  • Assembly District 76: Tasha Boerner Horvath
  • Assembly District 78: Chris Ward 
  • Assembly District 79: Shirley Weber

Local:

  • AC Transit Board, Ward 1: Ben Fong
  • Alameda County Superior Court Judge: Elena Condes
  • BART Board of Directors, District 9: Bevan Dufty
  • Berkeley City Council, District 2: Terry Taplin
  • Cathedral City Council, District 1: Alan Carvalho
  • Corona City Council, District 3: Meg E’amato
  • Culver City Council: Freddy Puza
  • Desert Healthcare District 2020, Zone 1: Dr. Les Zendle
  • Downey City Council, District 5: Mario Trujillo
  • Escondido City Council, District 3: Don Greene
  • Fremont Mayor: Justin Sha
  • Hart School District Trustee, Area 4: James Webb
  • Huntington Park City Council: Eddie Martinez
  • La Habra City Council, At Large: Peter Cruz
  • Loma Linda City Council: Gabriel Uribe
  • Los Angeles Community College District Board: David Vela
  • Mission Viejo City Council, At Large: Pauline Hale
  • Monrovia Unified School District Board of Education: Sashary Zaroyan
  • Monterey Park City Council, District 4: Henry Lo
  • Morgan Hill City Council, District C: Rene Spring 
  • National City City Council: Marcus Bush
  • North Orange County Community College District Board: Miguel Alvarez 
  • Oakland City Council, At-Large: Rebecca Kaplan
  • Orange County Board of Education: Jordan Brandman
  • Palm Springs City Council, District 4: Christy Holstege 
  • Palm Springs City Council, District 5: Lisa Middleton 
  • Pismo Beach City Council, At Large: Erik Howell
  • Roseville City Council, District 3: Neil Pople
  • Roseville City School District Board of Education: Gary Miller 
  • San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge: Judge Joel S. Agron
  • San Diego Mayor: Todd Gloria
  • San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Terra Lawson-Remer
  • San Francisco Community College Board: Shanell Williams
  • San Francisco Community College Board: Tom Temprano
  • Tracy City Council, At Large: William Muetzenberg
  • Valley County Water District, District Director: Ralph Galvan
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education, Area 5: Carolyn Wysinger 
  • Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 4: Linda Deos

Bold indicates an openly LGBTQ+ candidate.

Past 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.

Our PACs

Equality California PAC

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.

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Equality California Federal PAC

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.

Donate

Equality California Issues PAC

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.

PAC Committee Members

Equality California’s PACs are overseen by a group of dedicated community leaders and activists:

  • Jerry Bloom, PAC Chair*
  • Richard Poppen*
  • Boe Hayward*
  • Susan McCabe*
  • Sue Burnside*
  • Cecilia Cabello*
  • Hon. James Williamson*
  • Rob Darby
  • Joe Gregorich
  • Alicia Isaacs*
  • Ellen Evans
  • Lloyd Levine
  • Nancy Sutley*
  • Clarissa Filgioun
  • Rick Zbur

* Member of EQCA Board of Directors

Endorsement Process and Guidelines
Equality California endorses viable candidates running for local office, statewide offices, the state legislature and Congress 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.

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.

Endorsement Process

Equality California conducts field 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 Tony Hoang at tony@eqca.org as early as possible to inform us of your candidacy.

Key Candidate Considerations

  • Candidate must be 100% in support of LGBTQ+ equality to be considered for endorsement.
  • Candidate must be viable and able to run a competitive campaign.
  • Candidate’s prior depth of work in support of full LGBTQ+ equality is a key factor.
  • Is the candidate openly LGBTQ+?
  • Will endorsement diversify and expand support for LGBTQ+ equality and social justice?
  • NOTE: A candidate who is not 100% in support of full LGBTQ+ equality is not eligible for endorsement.

Paid for by Equality California Political Action Committee. Committee major funding from LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) Caucus Leadership Fund. Not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate.

Paid for by Equality California (eqca.org) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.