What you need to know to VOTE!
Ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election have been mailed.
It’s so important that everyone exercises their fundamental right to vote and makes their voice heard. Here is some helpful information courtesy of Rob Bonta, Assemblymember 18th District.
How to Vote?
All registered voters in California will receive a mail-in ballot this year. This is a change to protect people who do not wish to vote in person due to the health and safety risks of the pandemic. Voting by mail is a safe and secure option. The US Postal Service is well-equipped to handle the mail-in ballots. But any registered voter can still cast a ballot in person if they choose to do so.
Not Registered Yet?
There is still time to register to vote! Your registration form must be postmarked or received electronically by October 19, 2020. Register here https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration
I think I am registered but have not received my ballot. What is my status?
If you have not received you ballot, check your status using the tool on the California Secretary of State page here: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/
Voting by Mail Deadlines?
You can begin voting as soon as you receive your ballot. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020.
Sign and date the envelope. No postage stamp is needed. This is very important. If your ballot is not signed and dated it will be rejected.
Once you’ve filled out your ballot, you can:
- Drop it in the mail
- Drop it in a drop box
- Drop it off in person (Personally delivered ballots must be delivered by close of polls on November 3, 2020.)
- Or decide to vote in person instead of submitting your mail-in ballot
How to find your nearest Vote Center and Drop Box Locations
These are all Covid-19 safe and secure places to exercise your political power by voting. Go to https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voters-choice-act/vca-voting-locations/
Where to Vote in Person?
In Alameda County, you may look up where your polling place is at this link. https://www.acgov.org/rov_app/pollinglist
In other California counties, please visit https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place
Track Your Ballot?
We all want to make sure our vote is received and counted. In Alameda County you may sign up online to electronically track your ballot at https://acvote.ballottrax.net/voter/
In other California counties, please use https://california.ballottrax.net/voter/
Voting is one of our most fundamental rights and most important privileges and responsibilities. In a democracy, all voices should be heard. Voting makes us stronger and better. Please learn about the issues and candidates nationally, statewide, and locally – and then cast your ballot!