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In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

YES

Election Day

PROBLEM: While California will be sending a blank ballot to all registered voters in both the primary and the November general election, some attorneys say that the state’s voter rolls have not been cleaned in 20 years. This will result in numerous blank ballots being delivered to incorrect addresses

  • In May, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared through executive order that all active California voters will receive a blank ballot in the mail for both the primary and the November general election
     

  • Gov. Newsom also significantly cut the number of in-person polling places

  • Two Republican members of the California General Assembly sued the governor’s office, arguing that Gov. Newsom overstepped his legal authority because the legislature was not involved in the decision, and by the California constitution, the governor does not have the authority to change election procedure
     

  • A judge temporarily blocked the executive order, pending a hearing

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt

CALIFORNIA

WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 58%     2018: 66%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Mail-in voting: in the 2020 primary and general election, California will automatically send every registered voter on their rolls a blank ballot. This will be the first year California has tried out a mail-in voting system.

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

YES

Who can collect and return an absentee ballot other than the voter?

Anyone (without being Anyone (without being compensated by voter or group)by voter or group)

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Compare signature to signatures on other election records

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

YES

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Up to three days post-election

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

No – Elections are all conducted entirely by mail

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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