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* Vote 2020

This guide will provide some helpful resources to voting information for the 2020 election.

VOTING IN THE NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION

"Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it."

 Susan B. Anthony

"There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter."                         

Barack Obama        

                                                                      

                                                     

Hello! This guide was adapted by Contra Costa College Library and was  developed by the Lynda Letona-Rodriguez from Diablo Valley College Library to provide access to helpful information related to the 2020 elections. Use the pages on the left to learn how to register to vote,to explore the candidates and the issues, and more! --Judy Flum, Librarian, Contra Costa College Library

It is a good thing to check to see if you are already registered to vote. This is important in case you have moved (your ballot will come to the registered address) and/or if you haven't voted for awhile. Make sure below:

If not, you can easily register to vote online.

 

  • Beginning with the November 3, 2020 General Election all registered voters will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot to ensure a safe and accessible voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
  • Mailing of Vote by Mail ballots in all elections begins 29 days prior to Election Day. For the November 3 General Election, the ballots to voters will be put in the mail  on October 5, so start checking your mailboxes the few days after that. If there is more than one voter in your household, be sure to vote using the one with YOUR name. When you vote, be sure to sign your signature the way it is on your California ID card and with the name the way it is addressed to you on the mailed ballot (for example, if your first name is Thomas don't sign it as Tom, if there is a middle initial, include that).
     
  • The sooner you register the better to ensure your vote is counted in a timely way! 
     
  •  The voter registration deadline is 15 days prior to Election Day. However, after that deadline and through Election Day you can still register and vote in person using Conditional Voter Registration. Same Day Voter Registration

IMPORTANT: MAIL YOUR BALLOT EARLY SO IT CAN BE COUNTED

BEFORE NOVEMBER 3. If you still haven't mailed it by November 3 you can bring it to your polling place. Your polling place is listed in your ballot you have been mailed.

  • THE LATEST TO MAIL YOUR BALLOT IS ON NOVEMBER 3 BEFORE YOUR POST OFFICE'S LAST PICKUP. It must be postmarked on or before November 3.
  • BEFORE YOU MAIL IT, carefully sign your official signature on the outside of the ballot envelope where it is designated.
  • Be sure to include your entire ballot in the envelope. Be sure to mark your selections per the instructions given.

LASTLY, TRACK YOUR BALLOT! 

You can now sign up to track your ballot!  After you mail your ballot or turn in at your voting place November 3 California has a tracking system set up. You will be notified when it is mailed, received, and counted. They will notify you if there is something wrong as well. You can sign up here. Tell your friends and family members to sign up also.