Are You #VoteReady? 70 days until the November 3 Election

To be “Vote Ready” means you have a current voter registration. If you have moved recently or changed your name recently you should check with your local county election office to verify that your registration is valid and bring it up to date if it is not. You can check your registration status with the Contra Costa County Elections office here.

To be “Vote Ready” means you know where your polling place is, or, if you Vote-by-mail, where your local Secure Ballot Drop Box location is if you will be returning your ballot close to November 3. You can find your voter precinct number at the Contra Costa County Elections office here. Your precinct number and the location of your polling place is also on the Voter Information packet mailed to each voter

To be “Vote Ready” means you know what issues are on the ballot, understand candidate positions, and have decided how you will vote for each item on your ballot. You can find which Federal, State, County, Judicial, City, Schools, and Special Districts candidates will be on your ballot at the Contra Cost County Elections office here. Enter your name and birthdate information and then click on the “My Districts” button.

You can find out which propositions will appear on your ballot at various web sites. Two nonpartisan sites are Cal Matters and League of Women Voters

CalMatters “is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.” https://calmatters.org/explainers/california-november-2020-ballot-propositions-final-list/

League of Women Voters “is proud to be nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.” https://www.vote411.org/ and enter your name and address.

Note: On March 4, 2020, CA Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20 which mandated  that all County Election Officials mail Vote-by-Mail ballots to all registered voters in California. The current dates for this action in Contra Costa County are:

  • Contra Costa County Election division mailing of Vote-by-Mail ballots to voters: October 5, 2020
  • Vote-by-Mail ballots must be postmarked no later than 8:00 pm, November 3, 2020. 

NOTE for Vote-by-Mail voters: As of August 15th the US Post Master General has sent letters to 46 states and the District of Columbia that the USPS cannot guarantee delivery of Vote-by-Mail ballots, postmarked on or before November 3, by Election Day.

If you, like the majority of CCC voters, intend to vote by mail, mail your completed and signed ballots as soon as you can after receiving them, or consider dropping them off at your nearest polling place, or depositing them in a Secure Ballot Drop Box. Such a box is available 24/7 on the south side (parking lot side) of the El Cerrito City Hall at 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530.

Secure Ballot Drop Boxes
A ballot drop box is a secure drop box where voters can return their voted ballot. Voters can return their ballot to any box. Boxes are serviced by two deputized employees of the County Elections Office. More information about Secure Ballot Drop Boxes is available here. It will tell you where the nearest drop box is.

National Voter Registration Day – September 22, 2020

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTERS, SEE END OF POST.

National Voter RegistrationNational Voter Registration Day, held the fourth Tuesday of September every year, is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. To date, nearly 3 million voters have been registered to vote on this holiday.

The El Cerrito Library Foundation has participated as a Community Partner since 2015 by staffing a Voter Registration table in the entrance area of the El Cerrito Library. Last year we were one of the over 4,000 Community and Corporate Partners participating in this nonpartisan event.

Because of the Covid-19 situation, our participation in 2020 will consist of a series of informative voter registration posts on our website and Facebook sites.

Our main sources of information will be the National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) website (NVRD) and the Contra Costa County Elections Division website (CCC Elections). We will provide information on important dates in the voter registration and November 3 election schedule, on the Contra Costa County procedures for Vote-by-Mail voting, and on other information relating to voting in the November 3 election.

Important dates in the November 3 Election Schedule:

  • Deadline for candidates to file for office: November 12, 2020
  • CCC Election division mailing of Vote-by-Mail ballots to voters: October 5, 2020
  • Last Day to Request Vote-by-Mail Ballot: October 27, 2020
  • Deadline for CCC Elections to receive Vote-by-Mail ballots: November 3, 2020
  • Election Day: November 3, 2020
  • Deadline for CCC to Certify Final Results: December 3, 2020

If you have any questions about this schedule, or other voting or voter registration questions, please contact the CCC Elections Division Voter Services by email with “Inquiry” as the subject line at voter.services@vote.cccounty.us. You can also Call (925) 335-7800.

NOTE FOR VOTE BY MAIL VOTERS: As of August 15th the US Post Master General has sent letters to 46 states and the District of Columbia that the USPS cannot guarantee delivery of Vote-by-Mail ballots, postmarked on or before November 3, by Election Day.

If you, like the majority of CCC voters, intend to vote by mail, mail your completed and signed ballots as soon as you can after receiving them, or consider dropping them off at your nearest polling place, or depositing them in the secure voting box on the parking lot side of the El Cerrito City Hall.

The NVRD holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center).

 

Join El Cerrito Library’s Summer Book Club!

Made possible with funds donated by the El Cerrito Library Foundation.

​El Cerrito Library’s Summer Book Club handed out all 100 free copies of ​Island of the Blue Dolphins​. Young patrons were so excited to read this selection, and not-so-young patrons fondly remember their first time with this California classic, and were happy to re-read, this time with their own families. Whether or not you’ve read it, the Library invites you to join in on their virtual Book Club events:

Discoveries on Island of the Blue Dolphins, with Channel Islands National Park

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 2pm

Monique Navarro, Education Coordinator for ​Channel Islands National Park​ will interact live with the Library to observe, and discuss archaeological discoveries on San Nicolas Island (the actual island of the Blue Dolphins, and tell us about the Lone Woman (Karana). Get your questions ready…

Join us via Zoom!
To connect on the day of the program, please go to: ​https://zoom.us/j/8056585700 Zoom meeting ID: 8056585700

Island of the Blue Dolphins Summer Book Club Discussion

Thursday, August 13, 2pm

Join El Cerrito Librarians Katy and Alison as they dive into this beloved book, from its characters, the island of San Nicholas, and animal friends and visitors; to a frank discussion of the circumstances surrounding Karana being stranded on the island, and her eventual rescue and return to the Missions of the mainland. What do you think about the book? Let’s talk!

Join us via Zoom!
To connect on the day of the program, please go to: ​https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8413… Zoom meeting ID:​841 3146 3229 / Password: ECLReads

In addition to free copies of the book, and two fun + educational virtual programs, and in a nod to its title, the Library has adopted a dolphin from The Marine Mammal Center. Meet ​Baker D​! The Library has invited their online friends to learn all about Baker D via The Marine Mammal Center, which includes learning about conservation and marine biology, all good stuff.

And as part of our other ECL summer programming, the ASE/ECL Innovator Series, where the Library works with local patron and parent Sri, on DIY STEAM activities for families to explore at home, they are hosting a Facebook Live event with the Marine Mammal Center on Thursday, August 13, 3pm, right after the Book Club Discussion! Join them on our ​Facebook Page ​to see the Center in action, and learn more about their work with marine life.

The Library’s Countywide Summer Reading Program’s theme this year is ​Dive Deep​, and as part of the ocean-related fun they hosted a Virtual Squid Dissection with ​SaveNature.org​ – Katy squirmed and Julia cheered. 🙂 And they are planning all sorts of good stuff for Sir Charlie, their moniker for the ​Charlie Cart​ the Library was able to purchase, and which will allow them to demonstrate cooking and healthy recipes for their patrons.

The Library continues to virtually host monthly Tween Book Club and Mystery Book Club; Storytimes with Katy and Julia on Wednesdays; First Bites, where they read snippets from classic books, on Thursdays, and Lunch at the Library Monday-Thursday.

If you don’t already, please follow them on ​Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elcerritoCCCL/
and ​Instagram: ​https://www.instagram.com/elcerrito_library/ – so you can keep up with all the library goings-on. And if you’d like to stop by and give them a masked hello, you can put a book on hold and pick it up here with​ ​Front Door Service​, every day except Sunday.