Even in the midst of a global pandemic, California voters are doing their job and turning out to the polls in record numbers. Millions have already voted like their rights depend on it and the ACLU of Northern California will be ready for whatever Election Day brings.
Here are three tips to keep in mind as we look ahead to Election Day:
* Every vote counts, so make sure you and everyone in your network has their ballot returned on time. Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, is the last day to return ballots. You can safely return your ballot by mail, so long as it is postmarked on or before Election Day. If you have returned your ballot, you can track your ballot at ca.ballottrax.net <[link removed]> to make sure it was received and counted.
* In California, we have same-day voter registration. This means if you are eligible, you can vote even if you haven’t yet registered to vote. Californians can register at one or more early voting locations that will be available in all counties beginning today, Saturday, October 31.
* Voter intimidation is rare and unlikely. But if someone is attempting to interfere with your or anyone’s rights to vote, it may be voter intimidation and a violation of federal law. Save the number for the Election Protection hotline and call or text if you witness voter intimidation: 866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683). The hotline is also available in other languages: Spanish 888-VE-Y-VOTA and Asian languages 888-API-VOTE.
ACLU attorneys like myself and our organizers have been laying the groundwork for this critical election for the past four years. Please know that will be at the ready to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Californians, no matter what.
ACLU of Northern California voting rights director Angelica Salceda
Democracy and Civic Engagement Director,
ACLU of Northern California
P.S. – The election isn’t over until every eligible voter’s ballot is counted. It is unlikely that we will have clear results on Election Night, and that is okay. Be sure to follow the ACLU of Northern California on social media for the most up to date information during the week of the election.