Elections Matter. Your Vote Matters.
This Election Californians will be voting in key local, state, and federal races, as well as local ballot measures. Most importantly, this Election will give voters the opportunity to fight back against the attacks on women, immigrants, minorities, and unions. The only way we can make true change happen is by electing leaders who will fight for the issues that matter to us. Just like basic math and arithmetic determined that one of the most divisive candidates in history would become the next GOP presidential nominee, we must ensure that through our collective power we flex our political muscle and turnout for hope not hate.
CA General Election Day: November 8th, 2016
√ You have the right to vote if you are a registered voter.
√ Most of the time you will not be required to show ID at your polling location, find out more here: http://www.votersedge.org/en/ca/ballot/election/area/39/section/voting-info?id=ocd-division/country:us/state:ca#menu-item-do-i-have-to-show-identification-to-vote
√ If your name is not on the list of registered voters at your polling place you have the right to cast a provisional ballot.
√ The right to vote if you are still in line when the polls close.
√ The right to get help casting your ballot from anyone you choose, except from your employer or union representative.
√ The right to drop off your completed vote-by-mail ballot at any polling place in the county where you are registered to vote.
√ The right to get election materials in a language other than English if enough people in your voting precinct speak that language.
√ State and federal laws require polling places to be physically accessible to voters with disabilities.
√ A misdemeanor conviction does not affect your right to vote at all. You can vote in all elections. Other restrictions apply if you have been convicted of a felony or are on parole.
Learn more about local and state candidates that have committed to advancing issues that matter for working families.
Before you head to the polls check out these additional helpful resources:
- Download your California Voter Bill of Rights from the Secretary of State.
- Learn about assistance available for people with disabilities.
- Learn more about who and what is on your ballot.
- Voter information available in other minority languages.
5 reasons why you should Vote…
1. Your vote is your voice.
If you want to see changes in your community and in the country at large you need to vote for candidates that best represent your issues or hold elected officials accountable to what they promised. Do you feel like your Board of Supervisors doesn’t hear you out when you ask for a raise? – then VOTE. Do you feel like certain elected officials in Sacramento have failed to support issues that matter to you? – then VOTE. Our vote is our one opportunity to voice our concerns, hold elected officials accountable, and pass measures that will bring changes to our communities.
2.Primary elections matter.
Voters tend to turn out at a much lower rate for primaries than they do for general elections, which means that the final candidates that make to the November election is determined by only a small portion of the population.
3. You’re not just voting for president.
While every election political pundits emphasize the importance of swing states, it is important to note that all states matter when it comes to making sure the President can do their job. How much the President can do depends on who we elect to the U.S. House and Senate. Additionally, policies that tend to impact our communities and families more directly tend to happen at the state and county level through measures we vote on or through support from elected officials we vote for.
4. There is power in numbers.
Nearly 80 percent of people with yearly incomes of $75,000 or higher voted in the 2012 election, compared to just 60 percent of those earning less than $50,000 a year. This is why passing things like increasing the federal minimum wage, immigration reform, and tax reforms for the working poor – has not happened. When certain voting blocs vote more frequently and in higher numbers, there is an opportunity to move those issues higher up in the priority list. As the rising new electorate – immigrant, Latino, AAPI, African American, and millennials voters – continues to grow, there will be an opportunity to influence the country’s political landscape. If we all turnout to vote.
5. Generations that came before us fought so that we could have the right to vote.
Prior to the Voting Rights Act and women’s suffrage most people of color and women were not allowed to vote. Which means that many of the non-voting millennials of today may have a grandmother or grandfather who was not allowed to vote because of their sex or the color of their skin. The right to vote is a civil right that those who came before us fought hard to secure, it is our responsibility and duty to exercise that right.
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