Let’s Mobilize OC! Let’s Get Out the Vote in 2020!
At Charitable Ventures, our mission is to support and empower community leaders through capacity building, sponsorship, and incubation, and we believe helping make sure our clients, projects, and our communities can participate in democracy is a critical part of that.
Orange County is gearing up for the 2020 election. It is crucial to the well-being of our community that ALL eligible residents are able to exercise their right to vote and/or their right to encourage friends and family in community to do the same.
As we come out of Census 2020 season, we continue to spread the message that it is especially important for hard to reach populations and those underrepresented in voter registration and elections to GOTV and let their voices be heard!
At this time, as COVID-19 impacts our communities, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and projects, it is even more important as well as harder to find time and resources for some to engage in civic-engagement activities such as voter registration and voter education. That is why we will be providing weekly newsletter content, including resources and tips through this OC-GOTV campaign for our community.
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OC Registrar of Voters – Phone and Fax Contact Info
Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application Return Fax:
You are eligible to vote if you:
- Are a United States citizen
- Are a resident of California
- Are at least 18 years old or older on Election Day
- Are not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
If part of the re-entry population, your right to vote is restored as soon as you are off parole, but you must re-register by paper or online here.
You do not need your photo ID to vote in California. Learn more. If you feel you are being harassed, or someone is telling you that you cannot vote, call (866) OUR-VOTE (687-8683).
What can you do if you’re not eligible to vote to make your voice heard? Find out here.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters is a key resource for registration as well as election information. You can check to see whether you are registered and confirm the accuracy of your address for receiving your ballot online. Want to see if you’re registered? Visit here. The California Secretary of State is also a resource. You can register via other third party organizations such as vote.org, Can I Vote, Rock the Vote, and more.
There are relatively few instances where people are ineligible to vote. However, if you are wondering about your eligibility, please see here. Even if ineligible, you can make your voice more powerful by encouraging your friends and family to vote.
This year, due to COVID-19 in particular, there are more concerns about how to vote. Don’t worry! There are options. You can still vote in person, or with a “vote-by-mail” ballot that you can mail or drop off at a number of locations.
Via vote-by-mail ballot: Every registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 2020 election. These ballots will begin to be mailed the week of October 5th. There are options for getting this ballot submitted!
In person voting is also possible.
The Orange County Registrar will be providing the latest info on Vote Centers and pop-ups here.
Week 1: September 8
Week 2: September 15
Week 3: September 22
Week 4: September 29
Week 5: October 6
Did you know that your voting experience is protected by various state laws? This year, there are extra concerns about making sure all our votes are cast and counted, and our California Department of State and local registrar are working hard to manage safe elections during a pandemic. Here is some information and resources to protect your vote!
Week 6: October 14
Week 7: October 19
Weekly Templates for Your Use
Week 1: September 7-11
Week 2: September 14-18
Week 3: September 21-25
Week 4: September 28 - October 2
Week 5: October 5 - October 9
Week 6: October 12 - October 16
Week 7: October 19 - October 23
GOTV Volunteer Opportunities
There are numerous important opportunities to ensure that votes are counted and honored in this election, and we are grateful for nonprofit partners who are circulating these opportunities in our community. Here are a few:
- Click here to learn how to be a ballot observer in Orange County
- Click here to learn how to staff the polls in Orange County
There is a poll worker shortage due to COVID-19 concerns. (Typically, older volunteers work on Election Day.) Can you fill in this year? Apply to become a poll worker — a paid position, with personal protection equipment and training provided.
- Click here to learn how to staff the polls in other areas/states
Links to Resources
- Orange County, CA Elections Offers Media Preview of Vote Center Voting at Honda Center
- OC Registrar of Voters
- Info on How and Where to Vote in OC
- OC 2020 Presidential Elections Calendar
- Basics of the Ballot?
- What’s on the Ballot?
- Orange County, CA Elections Releases Election Observer Guidelines Under COVID-19