Elections provide every American the opportunity to positively impact the direction of our country, our leaders and its policies. We are fortunate to have this right to be involved in our system of government and it is everyone’s responsibility to participate in this system through one of the easiest and most simple ways possible: voting.
With this in mind, San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine’s Public Policy Committee encourages everyone to register and vote during the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 6th. Follow the six easy steps below to make your voice heard this Election Day!
- Are you eligible to vote?
Voters must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of California who is 18 years or older. See Voting Guide for Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Californians for additional restrictions.
- Are you registered to vote?
First, check the status of your voter registration. If you aren’t registered, you have until October 22, 2012 to register in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election.
Registering is easy! You can apply to register to vote by filling out the online application at the California Secretary of State’s website. If you have any questions, visit their Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (800) 345-8683 or by email.You can also pick up a paper voter registration application at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post office.
- Register to be a Permanent Vote By Mail Voter
California law allows any voter to register as a permanent a Vote by Mail voter for any reason. If you choose to be a permanent a Vote by Mail voter, you will not have to request a Vote by Mail ballot for each election; instead, you will automatically receive a ballot in the mail for each election.Your county election office must receive a Vote by Mail ballot by 8 pm on Election Day. There are several ways you can ensure this: mail in your ballot the week before Election Day, return it to any polling place in your own county on Election Day, or return it in person to your county election office.
- Do you need to re-register to vote?
You need to re-register to vote when you move to a new permanent residence, you change your name, or you change your political party choice. If you need to re-register, follow the same steps as a New Voter Registration.
- Find Your Polling Place
Polls will be open on Tuesday November 6th from 7:00am – 8:00pm.
Your polling place address is printed on the back of the sample ballot booklet you receive by mail from your county elections office. You can also contact your county elections office or call the Secretary of State’s toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
- Be an educated voter
This year’s general election ballot will include a vote for the President of the United States as well as candidates for other state and local offices and ballot measures and initiatives. With so many candidates and issues on the ballot, it can be a complex undertaking to determine how you want to cast your vote. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to become an educated voter! Click here for a PDF of the Official Voter Information guide, here for the list of certified California candidates and view this link for the list of qualified ballot measures.
The mission of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine’s Public Policy Committee is to coordinate the organization’s legislative and advocacy efforts, share legislative information and action opportunities with our community, form relationships with local, regional, state and federal elected officials and create a collaborative relationship with hospice and palliative care advocates. For more information, please visit our Public Policy webpage.