“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.

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.

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).