Tuesday, March 3, isn’t just about the Presidential Primary. For most voters, it’s so much more.
There are public offices up for election and ballot measures that directly impact you, your family, and your community. Before you vote, learn about local measures and races. Then exercise your power and vote up, down, and through the ballot. Commit to be an ACLU voter.
LOCAL ELECTIONS MATTER
Local government manages so many aspects of our daily lives. Decisions made at the state, county, and city level directly affect you and your community – sometimes even more than federal policies. Policy and budgetary decisions are made everyday on things like education, safety, health care, transportation, and housing.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR THIS ELECTION?
ACLU SoCal Votes Yes on Measure R (Los Angeles County)
State and local ballot measures ask voters to decide directly on a law, issue, or question. Look out for local measures this election.
If you are an L.A. County voter during this primary, we encourage you to vote yes on Measure R, which would strengthen civilian oversight over the sheriff’s department and refocus county priorities on improving mental health care and reducing incarceration. Learn more at voteyesonr.org.
Your state assembly member and senator represent you and your community in Sacramento. Every year, the California Legislature works on important legislation that either advances our civil liberties or holds us back. Assembly members are elected to two-year terms while senators serve four-year terms. Your state assembly member and/or state senator may be up for election. Learn your state senate and assembly districts at findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
District attorneys (DAs) have tremendous power. If someone is accused of a crime, it is not the police but the DA who has the sole power to decide if charges are filed and the severity of those charges. They alone decide who deserves a jail or prison sentence and who will instead be routed into a program to help rebuild their life, or have charges dismissed. Electing the right district attorney is a huge step in criminal system reforms like ending mass incarceration and keeping law enforcement accountable.
County Boards of Supervisors and City Councils
At the county and city level, your board of supervisors and city council respectively make local administrative decisions on your behalf. Last year, in L.A. alone, the board of supervisors commanded a budget of nearly $32.5 billion and the city council managed $10.6 billion. Combined, that’s larger than the budgets of 37 states. There are critical races throughout the southland at the county and city level.
HOW TO VOTE
Are you registered vote?
Missed the February 18 deadline to register to vote?
No worries. You can still vote at any vote center in L.A. and Orange Counties and local elections offices in other counties. Under state election law, Conditional Voter Registration allows a prospective voter to conditionally register and cast a ballot on the day of or days before the election. Learn more.
Where can you vote?
When can you vote?
You can now vote in-person for 11 consecutive days at any vote center in the L.A. and Orange Counties through 8 p.m. on the day of the election.
Voting by mail?
Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned by mail to your county elections official or in person to a polling place or a ballot drop box no later than close of polls at 8 p.m. on the day of the election. You can also authorize someone to return the ballot on your behalf. Learn more.
Voting from jail?
VOTE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE.
VOTE FOR IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS.
VOTE FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE.
VOTE FOR EQUAL VOTING RIGHTS.
VOTE FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY.
VOTE FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS.
VOTE FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS.
VOTE FOR PRIVACY RIGHTS.
VOTE FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE.
VOTE FOR HOUSING FOR ALL.
VOTE FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES.
Be an ACLU voter. #DareToCreate a safer, just, and thriving California and commit to vote your values down-ballot on local measures and races.
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