Voting is your chance to have your voice heard, to exercise a fundamental democratic right, to make your opinion count.

Much is at stake for our nation in the rapidly approaching 2020 election, but critical decisions closer to home will be made as well, including who will represent our community as elected officials.

The Chamber’s advocacy and education are a valued part of what we do, as you tell us year after year. Each election season, we devote many hours of committee, Board and staff time to pull together guidance and resources to help you make informed decisions at the polls.

We hope these resources help you sort out your options — whether at the ballot box November 3, 2020 or voting by mail from the safety and comfort of your own home.

View our 2020 Voter Guide


2020 election dates

But first ... make sure you're registered

First things first, make sure you are registered to vote. Check your voter status here, and if you’re not good to go, register online here or stop in the Visitor Center and we’ll get you sorted. The deadline to register before the 2020 primary election is online or postmark by October 19, 2020, or you can “conditionally” register and vote at your county elections office after the 15-day voter registration deadline.

This year, every registered voter in California will receive a vote by mail ballot, which is how nearly 70 percent of SLO County residents vote. Ballots will go out on October 1, and it is highly encouraged you fill it out and mail it in quickly, or drop it off in person at one of the 19 drop off stations countywide.

While you’re at it, encourage everyone you know — coworkers, relatives, friends, new citizens and new voting-age citizens — to register and cast their ballots, too. As recent elections both here and nationwide have proven, every vote really does count.

San Luis Obispo City Mayor

Read the candidate’s answers to our questionnaires here:

Heidi Harmon

Sandra Marshall-Eminger

Cherisse Sweeney

We have yet to receive a response from Donald Hedrick.

San Luis Obispo City Council

Read the candidate’s answers to our questionnaires here:

Erik Long

Jan Marx

James Papp

Andy Pease

Abrianna Torres

Robin Wolf

We have yet to receive responses from Kelly Evans and Jeffery Specht.

Watch opening and closing statements from the candidates at our recent SLO City Council Forum.

CA Senate District 17 Candidates

Read the candidate’s answers to our questionnaires here:

John Laird

Vicki Nohrden

CA 35th Assembly District Candidates

Read the candidate’s answers to our questionnaires here:

Dawn Addis

Jordan Cunningham

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors (March primary)

Read the candidate’s answers to our questionnaires here:

District 1

John Peschong

Stephanie Shakofsky

District 3

Adam Hill

Stacy Korsgaden

District 5

Debbie Arnold

Ellen Beraud