September 22, 2020
“Today, Tuesday September 22, marks the 9th annual National Voter Registration Day – a nonpartisan and collaborative effort that involves partners of all stripes and sizes across the country to register voters ahead of the November election. This year, over 100 premier partners and 4,500 community groups have partnered with National Voter Registration Day to combat the impact of COVID-19 on voter registration by organizing both virtual and safe, in-person voter registration drives in communities nationwide.Celebrated each year on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday that celebrates our democracy and involves the collective efforts of thousands of volunteers, nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools, libraries and election officials from all over the country. One in four eligible Americans is not registered to vote, and National Voter Registration Day seeks to make voter registration calls to action impossible to ignore, so that as many citizens as possible are empowered to participate in our democracy.This year, due to COVID-19, voter registration is more important than ever. Because of the closure of DMVs and halting of voter registration field programs amid the pandemic, the number of new and updated voter registrations collected across the country has fallen dramatically since March. In order to combat this, National Voter Registration Day is bringing together partners and community groups to host both digital voter registration drives and safe, in-person registration events. Partners are also working to provide accurate information to voters on how to prepare to cast a ballot, either through mail-in voting, early in-person voting, or going to the polls on Election Day.“Civic participation is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy,” said Dr. Deborah Turner, president of the League of Women Voters, one of the founding organizations of National Voter Registration Day and which has almost 600 local Leagues signed on as 2020 partners. “We are excited and encouraged by the record-setting number of coalition partners assembled under the banner of National Voter Registration Day this year. This degree of participation underlines the fact that Americans are determined to keep our democracy strong despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.“National Voter Registration Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate each citizen’s role in shaping our country and its future,” said Lauren Kunis, Program Director of National Voter Registration Day. “If we want to see more Americans participate in our democracy, it is crucial that the next few weeks bring record-setting levels of voter registration that will enable as many citizens as possible to have their voices heard this November.“ voterregistratinday.org
Yesterday I renewed my license online. I was reminded that I could check my voter status at:https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/ .Please check your DMV or other government sites for your state’s site to check your voter’s status. This is important to make sure that all your information is current/up to date, and that you are not marked ”inactive.” I encourage you to check your voter status.
Online voter registration is available atRegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote. You can register to vote at USA.gov .
Election day is Nov. 3
Registration deadlinesOnline: Oct. 19By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 19In person: Nov. 3
Absentee ballot deadlinesRequest: Oct. 27Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3Return in person: Nov. 3 by 8:00 p.m.
Early voting Oct. 5 – Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live
To register in California you must:
- be a United States citizen
- be a resident of California
- be at least 18 years old or older on Election Day
- not be currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
- not be currently found to be mentally incompetent to vote by a court
- *find more information on voting rights restoration here
- California offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you will need a California-issued driver license or California identification card number, the last four digits of your social security number, and consent to the use of your DMV-stored digital signature to use California’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have a California-issued ID or don’t want to provide consent for the use of your digital signature, you can still register by mail to vote.
You can register online to vote until Monday, October 19, 2020. Go to USA.gov
Have you registered to vote? Have you checked your voter status? If there are any changes, did you update your voter information? Please share about your experiences in the comments. Thank you for sharing!