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Nov 3, 2020 U.S. General Election: Vote! “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

Bicycling Monterey extends respect to everyone who takes time to inform themselves about candidates and issues, then votes according to their own beliefs and conscience.

In this post, grab links to resources for voter registration and other voting info for all 50 states of the USA, plus specific info for California and for Monterey County. 

  • Scroll down for Bicycling-Specific Voter Resources.
  • If you’re age 16 or 17, see special note for YOUTH below.

This post is provided as an intro about voting, and to highlight some common areas of confusion. For the most accurate, detailed, and up-to-date information, visit official government websites:

United States – http://www.usa.gov/how-to-vote
California – http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/
Monterey County – http://www.montereycountyelections.us
Some people find non-governmental websites more user-friendly, but be careful to get info from reliable sources!
One widely trusted resource about registering to vote, finding your polling place, and more is nonpartisan website VOTE411.orglaunched in 2006 by the League of Women Voters (LWV), a nonpartisan organization founded in 1920. Some additional non-governmental resources are also provided below.
For upcoming election dates,
and registration deadlines,
check your state’s website:
https://www.usa.gov/election-office.
  • For all 50 states, November 3, 2020 is the next General Election / Presidential Election.
  • For Californians, the deadline to register to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-electionsis October 19, 2020: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/. (California has a 15-day voter registration deadline. That means for any election you want to vote in, you must be registered 15 days before the election date—e.g., by October 19 for the November 3, 2020 election.)
  • However, if Californians miss a registration deadline for an upcoming election, our state has a “safety net”—Same-Day Voter Registration, also known as Conditional Voter Registration—that will allow you to still cast your vote. See https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/same-day-reg/
ALL STATES – Remember to vote in other elections too!
In addition to national and state elections, your county will sometimes have “County-Administered Elections — upcoming Local Elections.” For example, for California counties: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/county-administered-elections/.

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YOUTH – Special note for youth in All States:

Some states offer a pre-registration option for ages 16 and/or 17. Also, some states allow registered 17-year-olds who will be 18 by a general election to vote in a primary election. One non-governmental resource where you can learn more about this topic is http://www.headcount.org/think-youre-young-register/.

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United States of America

California voters, note:

More tips for California voters

For any possible changes, and for the most accurate and complete information, visit the State of California website, http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/.

More info for California YOUTH age 16 or 17

More info for all Monterey County residents

As mentioned elsewhere in this post, a county may sometimes have “County-Administered Elections — upcoming Local Elections,” e.g., http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/county-administered-elections/. (NOTE: Don’t be confused by that page. If Monterey County is listed as “No elections scheduled at this time,” that just means there are no county-administered local elections. It does not mean that voters in Monterey County do not have other upcoming elections in which they can vote, e.g., upcoming national and state elections.)

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Do you want

government representatives who share your concerns about issues such as bicycling infrastructureclimate change, or gun law reform? Register and vote!

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As the League of Women Voters says,

“Democracy is not a spectator sport!” 

Non-governmental Monterey County resource: League of Women Voters of Monterey County:  https://my.lwv.org/california/monterey-county

Bicycling-Specific

Voter Resources

California Bicycle Coalition (calbike.org)

Visit the CalBike website for legislative agenda https://www.calbike.org/calbike-2020-agenda/. CalBike leadership includes advocating for bike-friendly legislation and tracking voting records of state senators and assembly members. 

Contact CalBike to learn more, or check https://www.calbike.org/take_action/bike-the-vote/ (updated from old link http://www.calbike.org/bike_the_vote_with_calbike), or newsroom – https://www.calbike.org/newsroom/, or elsewhere on calbike.org and CalBike’s social media platforms, e.g., Twitter: https://twitter.com/calbike

Check #IBikeIVote and #BikeTheVote hashtags on Twitter and other social media platforms for additional information.

People for Bikes (peopleforbikes.org)

https://peopleforbikes.org/tag/policy-news/
https://peopleforbikes.org/our-work/political-work/

The League of American Bicyclists (bikeleague.org)

  • Check the League website, e.g., https://www.bikeleague.org/content/i-bike-i-vote
  • To contact the League of American Bicyclists: http://www.bikeleague.org/content/staff
  • Archived note: U.S. Congressional voting records. As of 10/24/18, the League had recorded how members of Congress vote on issues that affect bicycling and walking, and the League planned to do that again in the future. With the current transportation bill expiring in 2020, there will be more U.S. Congressional votes coming. As for candidates, the League stated that they had a very difficult time getting campaigns to return completed questionnaires.  “Lesson learned; next time we will need more help in gathering completed questionnaires.”

 Register and Vote!

If you don’t register and vote, don’t whine. Improving the democratic system requires an informed electorate that votes.

#NationalVoterRegistrationDay National Voter Registration Day https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org serves to remind: please register so you can vote!

Bicycling Monterey’s founder is registered No Party Preference (a.k.a. no party affiliation). The speech below is shared as a reminder about the importance of voting, whatever your values and beliefs.

 

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This post was previously published 2013-2019, and January 26, 2020. 

It has been revised and updated for the November 3, 2020 election, including that links have been updated. For the most accurate, detailed, and up-to-date information, start with official government websites:

Short link to this post: https://bit.ly/VoterRegInfo

This post was published on 9 September 2020.

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