Make a plan. VOTE!

There is too much at stake. We no longer have the privilege to ignore and not vote. Your vote is your voice. Your voice is powerful. If you don’t vote, someone else will. If you are not eligible to vote, encourage your friends and your family who can. Let’s stand together!

Learn more about the issues.

  • CalMatters put together a voting guide on CA state measures – both pros and cons. Read up.
  • Rock the Vote – focused on young voters. Sign up for updates and reminders. Resources available.
  • When We All Vote – info, resources, support, school-specific
  • Vote Save America – a one-stop-shop for information and tools. Insight on candidates and the electoral process. Super friendly and easy to follow.
  • Voto Latino – issue-specific. Good background.

Early In-Person Voting

  • While the safest way to vote during the pandemic is by mail, if you can’t or chose to vote in person, do so safely and try to vote early.
  • Depending on your state, you may cast a ballot early in person at a polling location, county election office, or a dedicated voting center.
  • Early voting allows you to cast your vote in person when there are fewer crowds and lines. Many states have some period of early voting (sometimes called in-person absentee voting). []
  • See if your state offers Early Voting

Vote by Mail

Absentee Voting: In some states, any qualified voter may request an absentee ballot without offering an excuse, while in other states, an excuse is required. Due to COVID-19, some states are including worry about exposure to COVID-19 as a valid excuse to vote absentee. Check your state for rules. []

All Mail Voting: Some states are automatically mailing a ballot to every eligible voter. Depending on your state you can return an absentee or mail-in ballot by mail, at a drop-ff location or to your polling place. When you get your ballot, return it ASAP. [].

Find your secure Ballot Drop Off locations

Track your ballot – California – Track your ballot – when it is mailed, received, and counted!

Vote on Election Day

You can also vote in person on election day – Tuesday, November 3. Make a plan in advance to find your polling place: California. U.S. States and Deadlines.

Know your rights. You have the right to vote. Below are some tips.

  • If you are in line when polls are supposed to close, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
  • If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
  • If your citizenship, criminal record, or other qualifications are questioned, immediately call the Election Protection Hotline where trained volunteers are available to help.
  • If you run into any problems or have questions before or on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline:
    • English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
    • Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
    • Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
    • For Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-API-VOTE/1-888-274-8683