Is casting a vote doubtful?
Election day is fast approaching – and with it a lot of questions. From tracking your ballot paper to navigating your voter registration, we answered 11 of your questions about mid-term elections with the help of the county registrars and the California Secretary of State’s office.
I am homeless. How can I vote?
People who experience homelessness can still vote in California.
When registering to vote, an uninhabited person must provide a California driver’s license, state ID card, or the last four digits of their Social Security number.
The person will also need to provide a physical location to determine which area they can vote for. A person can use the park or cross streets.
I have received two ballots in the mail. What I am doing?
If one of the ballots is not addressed to you or someone who lives at your address, write “not at this address / return to sender” on the envelope and put it back.
Registry offices have procedures to ensure that only voters who request a new ballot paper receive a second ballot paper.
Attempts to vote twice will be referred to the district attorney for investigation, the Orange County secretary of state warned.
I am not sure if I am registered to vote. How to check?
Check your voter registration by contacting your country’s civil registry office, checking with a voting center, or visiting The California Secretary of State website.
Does voting cost anything?
Not. As Bob Page, Orange County voter registrar put it: “Voting is the law. You cannot charge an voter for the exercise of this right. ‘
How do I know if my ballot paper has been received or processed?
You can check when your ballot paper has been shipped, received and counted by the Secretary of State “Where is my ballot paper?” tool. You can also sign up to receive text messages or phone calls regarding ballot status.
I am undocumented. Can i vote
To vote in California, a person must be a U.S. citizen, state resident, and be at least 18 years of age on election day (November 8 of this year).
To be eligible, you cannot currently serve a state or federal prison sentence for a criminal conviction or be judged to be mentally incompetent by a court.
Can I vote online?
Not. You can only vote by voting through the US Postal Service or in person. A copy of the ballot paper cannot be emailed to a registrar or secretary of state.
If I sent a message on my ballot paper, do I still have to vote in person on election day?
Not. You can vote only once in the elections.
I just moved. How can I vote?
According to the Secretary of State’s office, if your move is only temporary, you should vote using your permanent address and vote in the appropriate elections.
However, if your move is permanent, you can register to vote online in California or by submitting a paper application for voter registration.
And if you’ve already updated your home address with the Department of Motor Vehicles or the United States Post Office, your registration will automatically be updated with the new address, according to the Secretary of State.
If you live in a county that has adopted the Voter’s Choice Act – including Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, San Benito, and Santa Cruz in the Bay Area – you can change your voting center enrollment. (The registrant will verify that you have not yet cast your ballot in another jurisdiction). VCA counties conduct elections by sending each voter a ballot paper, expanding personal early voting and opening voting centers across the county. AND full list of participating counties is available on the website of the Secretary of State.
Do I need to re-register if I didn’t vote in the last election?
If you haven’t changed your addresses, you shouldn’t re-register to vote. However, if you have not voted in the next few elections, it’s best to make sure you are still registered. You can do this by contacting your country’s registry office, checking with a voting center, or by visiting California Secretary of State website.
Can I take time off from work to vote?
Yes. State law says voters are entitled to two hours off to vote if they do not have sufficient time to vote outside of working hours, without losing their salary.
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