Actions to Take Now to Protect Your Vote!
September 10, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. PDT About six in 10 registered voters nationwide say they want to cast their ballots before Election Day, a significant departure from previous years that will force the candidates to reshape how they campaign in the election season’s final weeks, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted by Ipsos.
Fear of the coronavirus and doubts about the reliability of mail voting after months of attacks from President Trump are weighing heavily on Americans as they decide how to safely ensure their vote will be counted in this fall’s presidential election, according to the survey.
In 2016, about 4 in 10 ballots were cast early. The likely surge in early voting and mail ballots will test election systems nationwide, many of which are ill-prepared to contend with an unprecedented volume of early votes or help voters who are struggling to learn the rules around mail ballots.
Read the full article HERE.
For California Voters In The South San Francisco Bay Area:
Saratoga Library has planned a Voters Workshop on September 12 at 3 pm in case people have any questions about registering or re-registering to vote and how voting will be conducted this year. It's also a kick-off for National Voter Registration Day which is on September 22.
Information for California Voters:
Who can register to vote in California - click HERE - at least 15 days before the election!
Look up your voter registration in Santa Clara County - click HERE
Online California voter registration in ten languages - click HERE
Find vote centers in Santa Clara County - click HERE
For a list of all the County Elections offices in California - click HERE
Tracking your ballot - when it is mailed, received, and counted - has never been easier - click HERE
Important Dates for California Voters:
October 5, 2020: Santa Clara County starts mailing out ballots to registered voters
October 19, 2020: Voter Registration Deadline (except for Conditional Voter Registration)
October 26, 2020: Last day to send your ballot by mail to give a week to get there before November 3rd
Check Your Voter Registration Status to make sure you can vote this year. (Scroll down for state specific links.) Have all your family and friends check theirs too!
Register to Protect the Vote: Sign the Protect the Results Pledge and show you are ready to take action if Trump does not accept the vote!
Help Protect Voting Rights: Check the procedures for protecting voting rights in your state. Share with family members, and friends in any state.
Check Out All The Ways You Can Vote: Jump to FiveThirtyEight to see all the details for your state. For instance - here's a map that shows how easy/difficult it is to vote by mail in each state!
NBC's Planning Guide for Voters: Check if you need an excuse to vote by mail (!) in your state. Is fear of COVID-19 an excuse that will be accepted? See if you can track your ballot after you vote by mail ... go HERE for these answers and much more
How to Vote by Mail in Every State: Jump to the Wall Street Journal to see their online dedicated VOTE by MAIL site!