It’s that time of the year, voting season. Are you registered? The deadline to register to vote is October 20, 2014, 15 days prior to Election Day. If you need to know how to register to vote, where to go or how to vote, keep reading as we give you any details you may need to rock your vote on Election Day, November 4, 2014.
See also: The Importance of Voting
How to vote:
The first step is to make sure you are registered as a California voter. Remember, you must re-register to vote if you have moved or changed your name. There are many ways to register to vote.
•Online at the California Secretary of State website
•Voter registration forms can be picked up at U.S. post offices, city hall, public libraries, council chamber, DMV or Registrar of Voters.
Already registered? Great! Find out where to vote:
If you prefer to vote in person, polls are open from 7:00am–8:00pm. To find the nearest polling place to you click here.
You can also call the Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.If you prefer to vote by mail, you can request a ballot by the following 4 methods:
•Complete the request form on the back of their sample ballot and mailing it to the Registrar of Voters office
•Fax it to (858) 694-2955
•Complete the Vote by Mail application form located on the Registrar of Voters website, and mailing it to the Registrar of Voters office
•Mail a letter requesting to vote by mail to:
- Registrar of Voters
- P.O Box 85520
- San Diego, CA 92186-5520
Working during voting hours?
No problem! The California law allows you to take up to 2 hours off to vote, without losing pay. You are allowed to take as much time as you need to vote, however only 2 hours of that time will be paid. The time off you take can only be at the beginning or the end of your regular work shift, unless you make other arrangements with your employer. You must notify your employer at least 2 working days prior to the election if you think you will need time off to vote.
Let the voting begin! Make sure you do your research on the candidates and issues so you can make a solid decision. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the California Secretary of State at http://www.sos.ca.gov or call (916) 653-6814.