Don’t be confused by this postcard from the USPS!

National Voter Registration Day LogoThis information is provided as part of the El Cerrito Library Foundation’s participation in the National Voters Registration Day Program. As of September 16, there are only 47 days before the November 3rd Election Day. It is important that we all be prepared to vote and return our ballots in a timely manner. The purpose of this post is to help make that happen.

Don’t be confused by this postcard from the USPS!

Most El Cerrito Residents received this postcard from the USPS the week of September 7, 2020. Please understand that is was written for general distribution, so some of the information it contains does not match the Vote-By-Mail (VBM) procedures established by the Contra Costa County Elections Office.

Post Card

More information about Vote By Mail (VBM) voting and Early Voting.

The following specific VBM information for California voters, specifically Contra Costa County voters comes from the Contra Costa County Elections Office https://www.cocovote.us/.

  • Requesting a VBM ballot is not necessary in California, as Governor Newsom has directed VBM Ballots be mailed to all registered voters in CA. CCC Elections Division’s mailing date for VBM ballots for the November 3rd election is October 5th.
  • No postage is needed returning CA VBM ballots.
  • Be sure to follow the instructions that come with your VBM ballot, especially those about signing your ballot envelope before returning it. If you are not a regular VBM voter, it is recommended that you sign your ballot envelope the same way you signed your CA Driver’s License (or CA ID Card) as this is the signature the Elections Office will use to verify your VBM ballot.
  • Harold Kelso, California State President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, recommends mailing your VBM ballots no later than October 20th. This would give the USPS sufficient time to get all of the VBM ballots postmarked and delivered by November 3rd.
  • All VBM ballots must be postmarked or deposited in a secure ballot drop box no later than 8:00 pm November 3rd. All secure ballot drop boxes will be available 24/7 from October 6 to November 3rd.
  • CCC Elections Division will mail Voter Information Guides on September 24th. They will include locations of all secure ballot drop boxes and early voting sites in your local area.
  • 16 early voting sites will be open Friday October 30th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturday October 31st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Monday November 2nd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. For El Cerrito voters, early voting will be available at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.
  • Election Day voting hours in California are from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • If you haven’t received a VBM ballot by Oct. 19th, contact the CCC Elections Office by email at ballots@vote.cccounty.us or phone at 925-336-7800.
  • All CCC polling places open for the March 3rd Primary Election will be open for the November 3rd  General Election.
  • ALL ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received and counted by the CCC Elections Office no later than November 20th. Sign up and track your ballot through the State “WheresMyBallot” program at https://california.ballottrax.net/voter.
  • To confirm that your VBM ballot has been issued by, or received at CCC Elections Office, use “My Voting Information” tool at us.
El Cerrito's Secure Drop Box
Photo by Chris Treadway.

This secure ballot drop box is located on the parking lot side (South side) of the El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530. It will be available to receive VBM ballots 24/7 from Tuesday, October 6 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3rd.

“Vote Ready” Is your kid turning 18 by Nov 3rd? If yes, read on! And more VBM information

Attention parents of 16 or 17-year-olds whose 18th birthday is November 3, 2020 or earlier!

One More “To be Vote Ready”: If you are 18 or older, you should already be registered. However, if you are 16 or 17 and your 18th birthday is November 3, 2020 or earlier, you can pre-register  now and become  “Vote Ready” for the November 3rd election!

Eligible 16 and 17-year-olds may pre-register by visiting the California Secretary of State website at registertovote.ca.gov and clicking on the “click here to pre-register to vote” button. California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old. California residents 18 and older can also register or check their registration at this site.

Pre-registration does not change the voting age, which is 18. Instead, it allows eligible Californians ages 16 or 17 to complete the online voter registration form providing sufficient time and opportunity to get ready to become “Vote Ready.”

California youth who are 16 or 17 and meet the following criteria are eligible to use this online pre-registration program:

So, if you meet these criteria, please pre-register today –  then tell all of your 16 and 17-year-old friends that you have become  Vote Ready and urge them to do it, too!

More Vote-by-Mail (VBM) Information:

On Monday, August 24th, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier conducted a Virtual Town Hall discussion on the Postal Service and voting in Contra Costa. He was joined by a panel consisting of Harold Kelso, California State President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Deborah Cooper, Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters, and Scott Konopasek, Assistant Registrar. Click here to watch the recording.

Here are some highlights of that discussion:

  • Kelso recommended mailing your VBM ballots no later that October 20th. This would give the USPS sufficient time to get all of the VBM ballots postmarked and delivered by Nov 3rd.
  • Voter Information Guides will be mailed September 24th. It will include locations of all secure ballot drop boxes and early voting sites in your local area.
  • All secure ballot drop boxes will be available 24/7 from October 6 to November 3.
  • 16 early voting sites will be open October 30 (Fri., Sat., Mon., & Election Day).
  • If you haven’t received a ballot by October 19th, contact the CCC Elections Office by email at ballots@vote.cccounty.us or phone at 925-336-7800.
  • Although the official last day to request a VBM ballot is October 27, the recommended last day is October 17th to allow for possible delivery problems or resolution of any ballot errors.
  • Be sure to sign you VBM ballot with the same signature you signed your driver’s license of CS State ID card
  • All VBM ballots must be postmarked or deposited in a secure ballot drop box no later than 8:00 pm November 3rd.
  • ALL ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be received and counted by the CCC Elections office no later than November 20th. Sign up & track your ballot through the State “WheresMyBallot” program at https://california.ballottrax.net/voter.
  • To confirm that your ballot has been issued by, or received at CCC Elections Office, use “My Voting Information” tool at contracostacore.us
  • All CCC polling places open for the March 3rd Primary Election will be open for the November 3rd General Election.

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).