☐ Make sure you are registered to vote.
Check your registration to confirm it is active and includes your most up-to-date address and language preferences.
☐ Start educating yourself about ballot initiatives and local races.
Learn about initiatives that the ACLU of California supports, and join our coalitions to help us and our partners pass these initiatives. Sign up for our email list to get involved.
☐ Save the Election Protection Hotline number (1-866-OUR-VOTE).
You can use this hotline to report any complaints regarding the voting process leading up to and on election day.
☐ Find the location and hours of your nearest polling site, vote center, or secure ballot drop box.
Set a reminder to yourself to identify the locations closest to you no later than October 20, two weeks before election day. Even if you plan to vote by mail, it is always good to know where to drop-off your ballot in case something unexpected comes up (e.g. you need a replacement ballot or need language or other assistance).
☐ Vote early!
Voting by mail and/or voting early will reduce crowding on election day. You can either: mail back your ballot; drop it off early at a polling location, vote center, or secure drop box; or vote early in person.
☐ Track your ballot.
Every county must provide a ballot-tracking system this November. After you cast your ballot, make sure that the county has received and counted your ballot, and be sure to respond to any communication from the registrar alerting you to an issue with your ballot envelope if you cast a mail or provisional ballot.