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Until the Deadline to Vote in the 4th District Supervisorial Election!

Make sure the County Board of Supervisors reflects yours values.



The Board of Supervisors makes budget and policy decisions that affect all of us. They have authority over worker protections, benefits for immigrants, mental health services, housing and more.


The County of San Diego is among the top 5 employers in the region. It has the authority to set wages and job standards for its own employees and for people in the unincorporated areas.


The county government manages services such as foster care, adoption, county parks and recreation programs and other youth programs. It has the responsibility to make San Diego a healthy, happy and safe place for youth.

housing & land use

The County manages some parks, green space, the county library system, housing assistance such as Section 8, and certain affordable housing projects. It has the responsibility to improve access to a healthy environment, homes and communities where we can truly thrive.


San Diego County is home to over 700,000 immigrants and people who speak 68 different languages. The County provides services and programs for immigrants like the Immigrant Legal Defense Program and the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. The Board of Supervisors has the responsibility to provide support, services and help all immigrants thrive.

Public Health

The County manages public heath services, Medi-Cal, food assistance like CalFresh, County mental health services, and enrollment in CalWorks.​ It has the responsibility to make sure every San Diegan has what they need to live a long and healthy life.


Although the Sheriff and District Attorney are elected positions, the board approves their budgets. The Probation Department reports to the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors can approve jail closures, create policies to decrease incarceration, and invest in programs and services that promote community health and safety.

The County of San Diego is holding a special election through August 15, 2023 to fill the vacant seat in the County’s 4th Supervisorial District. The person elected will be in office until the current term ends in January 2027. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, then the 2 candidates with the most votes in the special primary election will go on to a special general election that ends on November 7, 2023.

Only voters residing in the current 4th Supervisorial District can vote in the special election. District 4 boundaries changed through redistricting in 2021 so your district may have changed.

If you live in Districts 1, 2 and 3 your next primary election is in March 2024.

CPI does not support or oppose any candidate for elected office.


register to vote

You have until July 31st to register online to vote. If you miss the deadline, starting August 1 through Election Day, you can register to vote at the Registrar of Voters office or any vote center.

Register here

check your registration status

Are you registered to vote? If you're not sure, click the button below to check online.

Am I registered?

vote by mail

Voting by mail is safe and you avoid the crowds and lines. Put your ballot in the mail and make sure its postmarked by August 15. You can also drop off your ballot at one of the 27 ballot drop off locations starting July 18 through Election Day. Make sure to sign and seal the envelope.

Ballot drop-off locations & hours

vote at the registrar of voters

Starting July 17 you can vote in person, drop-off your mail ballot and register to vote at the Registrar of Voters, 5600 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92123. (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Where is the Registrar of Voters?

track your ballot

Want to know if your vote was received and counted? After you vote by mail, click the button below to track the status of your ballot.

Track my ballot

vote in person

Starting Aug 5th, you can vote at 1 of 7 vote centers, from 8am-5pm. On election day, Aug 15th, 14 vote centers will be open between from 7am-8pm.

Voting Centers

plan ahead

Get your sample ballot to learn more about the candidates in this election.

Get your sample ballot

voter bill of rights

Before casting your ballot, make sure you know your rights. Click the link below to read all your voting rights as a Californian.

Read the CA Voter Bill of Rights

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