The final days of the presidential general election are here. For those of you who haven’t voted yet, in person voting is the best option to ensure that your vote will count. Safety protocols to manage the pandemic mean that voting in person this year will be different from other elections. Voters should expect longer than usual wait times, to follow social distancing guidelines, and to wear masks for their own safety and the safety of their fellow voters and poll workers. Polling locations may not be where they have been in past elections. You can find your polling location on the Secretary of State’s website.
To make sure that voters have the best possible election day here are a few things to bring with you to your polling place or vote center:
- If possible, bring the ballot that you received in the mail.
- Any materials that you have that will allow you to vote quickly such as a filled in sample ballot or the big grey booklet from your county elections office.
- Folding chair
- Layered clothing appropriate for the weather (sun protection/ rain gear etc.)
- Any medications that you take on a schedule
- Wear comfortable shoes
- The phone number for Disability Rights California, Voter Assistance Hotline: VOICE – 1.888.569.7955 or TTY – 1.800.719.5798 in case you face any accessibility issues at your polling place.
Do not let the lines and procedures discourage you from voting this year. Your vote is your voice and by using it you play an important role in making the disability community heard in our democracy.