September 22, 2020 is National Voter Registration Day. If you haven't yet registered to vote, you have until October 19 – just visit California's Online Voter Registration website. Registration is available in 10 different languages.
The November 3 Presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most talked about and unusual elections in recent history. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have rushed to adapt their voting systems to prepare for nearly twice the amount of mail-in ballots as were received 4 years ago.
Many libraries provide additional options to cast your vote. In past years, our libraries have been polling places on Election Day and hosted drop-off ballot boxes inside our buildings. This year, many locations will serve as Vote Centers and drop-off ballot boxes will be installed outdoors.
Ballot Drop Boxes
Beginning September 28, 2020, drop boxes will be installed at the following library locations:
Ballot Drop Boxes are made of durable material to withstand vandalism, removal and inclement weather. Ballots are retrieved on a regular schedule by election staff: on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from October 5-18; and daily from October 19 to November 3.
Vote Centers will be open at our libraries from Saturday, October 31 to election day, Tuesday, November 3. A Vote Center is a universal polling place where any registered voter in Santa Clara County may vote. Each Vote Center will be equipped with a minimum of three (3) accessible ballot marking devices so all voters can cast a ballot independently and privately. Voters can still bring up to two people to assist them during the voting process, as long as they are not the voter’s employer or union representative. Vote Centers will also have bilingual assistance.
The following library locations will host Vote Centers:
What ever happened to the “Distinctive Neighborhood Program” that would add further protection and enhancement to San Jose’s unique residential neighborhoods?
Even some friends with advanced degrees were confused by the signature place on the envelope which is the first one voters see, but is only for those who have had assistance in filling out ballots. I hope ballots don't get thrown away if people sign in the wrong place.
I wish the right place were marked more obviously.
Thanks for the good info about ballot boxes.