A presidential election in the middle of a pandemic is an historic event. Add problems at the postal service and it is clear that the election this fall will be unlike any our country has ever held.
What can we the voters do to prepare?
- Check your voter registration status
- Get informed
- Make a plan
- Share your knowledge
1. Check your voter registration status
Every California voter will receive their ballot in the mail this year. This means that it is more important than ever to make sure that your voter registration is up to date. Luckily this can be done online in just a few moments. Click the linked text below to check your status:
2. Get Informed
There is a lot of confusion about how we will vote this fall. This guide includes information on the options that California’s voters have:
- Voting in a Pandemic: California’s Plan Explained
- Votar en una pandemia: explicación del plan de California
People with disabilities face unique challenges when we access our right to vote. To learn about accessible voting and the voting right of people with disabilities visit www.DisabilityVoteCA.org
3. Make a plan
Once you have made sure your voter registration is up to date and read the guide, take time to think about what will work best for you this fall. There is no one size fits all option that will work for everyone. If you are unsure of how you want to vote talk it over with trusted friends and family members.
4. Share your knowledge
The structure of the upcoming election is new for everyone. By doing steps 1 – 3 you are now more informed than many people in the state.
The leaders and laws that we vote for have a tremendous impact on the lives of people with disabilities, our families, and the workforce who support us. This is why it is critically important that you share this information with the people in your life and encourage them to make their own plans to vote this fall.
If you have questions about voting or if you encounter inaccessibility when you vote call the Disability Rights California Voter Assistance Hotline:
VOICE – 1.888.569.7955
TTY – 1.800.719.5798