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).

 

Latest from Special City Council Budget Study Session

Thank You, El Cerrito Library Supporters!

On Tuesday afternoon, June 9, the El Cerrito City Council held a Special City Council Budget Study Session.

During this study session, the Council heard and discussed recommendations for programs and services that could be reduced based on previously determined strategic priorities. Reducing El Cerrito Library operating hours from 46 to 35, the minimum hours provided by the County, was one of the reductions recommended.

The City Council also heard Public comment from 103 residents, most all from El Cerrito, but a few from Richmond Annex and Kensington. 49 of these comments requested that library hours not be cut, and that El Cerrito continue funding 11 additional hours so our library will remain open 46 hours, six days a week. (Last month Contra Costa County decided to close all branch libraries on Sundays.)

At the end of the study session, the city council members each spent about 5 minutes providing guidance to city staff and the consultant about the matters presented and to assist staff and the consultants in preparing recommendations for the June 16 council meeting.  Four of the five members (Mayor Lyman, Mayor Pro Tem Fadelli, and Councilmembers Pardue-Okimoto and Quinto all included as part of their statements a statement to the effect that cutting library hours should no longer be considered.

The El Cerrito Library Foundation applauds and thanks each and everyone of you 49 supporters who took the time to make your voices heard. It’s broad based support like this that ensures all of the Councilmembers know that we care, and that we are paying attention to what they are saying and doing.

To receive notices from the City of any City Council meetings, budget discussions, or other City activities please sign up for the notices <http://el-cerrito.org/list.aspx>. FYI, the next budget discussion will be during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020. The meeting agenda and packet <http://el-cerrito.org/482/Council-Meeting-Videos-Materials?AMID=42> will be available some time Thursday afternoon, June 11.

Al Miller, President, El Cerrito Library Foundation

Thank you for your support – City Council to Maintain Extra Hours for our Library!

At an unusual Saturday morning meeting on April 25, 2020, held to discuss the severe financial crisis facing the city, aided by strong supporting Public Comments from 30-plus Library users, the El Cerrito City Council unanimously voted to continue funding extra hours for our library. The reason for eleven hours, rather than fifteen, is that the County intends to close all branch libraries on Sunday, so the four existing hours on Sunday were not considered.

Their unanimous vote shows the Council understands how important the library is to our community.  Libraries everywhere are “a symbol of the vital connection between knowledge and democracy.”  Our library serves no less a vital function for us in El Cerrito.

The Council’s funding of these eleven additional hours, and the County’s plan to close all branches on Sunday, means the El Cerrito Library will be open 46 hours/six days per week when normal library operation returns.

The tentative  library hours are the same as before except for Sunday:

Monday & Tuesday        – 12:00 to 8:00

Wednesday & Thursday – 10:00 to 6:00

Friday & Saturday          – 10:00 to 5:00

Sunday                           — Closed

Thank you for you timely show of support for our library.

Al Miller
ECLF President