JoinCalifornia: Election History for the State of California

Information Home Elected Offices Elections by Decade Longest Service Shortest Service Most & Fewest Votes Uncontested Races Closest Contests Redistricting Recalls
Elections 2026 PREVIEW 2024 General 2024 CD-20 Special 2023 US Senate Appt 2022 General Prior 2020s Elections Elections by Decade
Other Stuff Advanced Search CA Constitution CA in Congress Line of Succession Highest Ranking SCOTUS Cases

[search tips] [advanced search]

Searching tips

  • Enter a candidate's name to find a candidate
  • Enter the name of a political party to find the party and all candidates
  • Enter a date to find an election
  • Enter a year to find all elections within that year

Grace S. Dorris


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1918 Republican AD-56 8214 Win
11-02-1920 Write-in AD-56 4465 Loss
11-07-1922 Republican AD-56 12669 Win
11-04-1924 Republican AD-56 11455 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: March 14, 1887 in California
Died: December 29, 1968 in California
  • NOTE: One of the first women to serve in the Assembly in 1919.
  • LEGISLATION: Dorris introduced legislation urging the U.S. Congress to pass the 19th Amendment (giving women the right to vote nationally). She also introduced several bills that would have shortened the workday of domestic servants to 10 hours and another to permit public defenders in California courts.
  • While running for reelection in 1920, Grace Dorris lost the Republican nomination to Democrat Franklin Heck. As a result, Dorris did not appear on the 1920 General Election ballot but still received nearly 36% of the vote as a write-in candidate. Dorris is the earliest known write-in Assembly candidate to appear on a General Election ballot.