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Voting Resources 2020

October 2020

Your Vote is Your Voice
Are you ready to vote? Unless you're registered, you're not!

All voters must be registered to cast a ballot.
All active voters are mailed a ballot.
Secure ballot drop-off locations are available.Visit https://lavote.net for a list of LA County Vote By Mail Drop Boxes.
Early voting locations are open before Election Day. Find a Voting Center near you
Same-day registration is available at all Election Day voting locations.

Voting deadlines
Registration ends October 19th
Submission by mail - Nov 3
Submission in person - Nov 3

The best way to learn exactly what options are available to you is at your state and local elections office.

Accessible voting by mail in California
If you can mark, verify and cast a paper mail-in ballot privately and independently, voting by mail is a healthy option, especially if you can use a drop-off location to return your ballot.
For the November 3, 2020 general election in California:

Accessible tools for voting by mail
California has an accessible vote-by-mail program, Remote Accessible Vote by Mail, that allows voters with disabilities to receive and mark a mail-in ballot electronically. You may have to request access to the program. To use accessible tools for voting by mail, typically you:

  • Download an electronic ballot
  • Mark the ballot on your personal computer, with your own assistive technology
  • Print the ballot and voter’s signature form
  • Sign the form, and seal the ballot in an envelope
  • Return it by mail or in-person

Be sure to check with your local elections office for information about how to use the accessible voting by mail program and information about additional options for dropping off your ballot.

Accessible voting in person
For the November 3, 2020 general election in California:
Federal law requires that every in-person voting location has at least 1 accessible voting system. Look for information about how to use the accessible voting systems on the state accessibility information page or contact your local elections office.
Based on changing public health guidance and state policy, voting locations may change before the election or several polling places may be consolidated into one larger location. Check your local election website for up to date information about voting locations and opening hours.
If you have a choice of when to vote, in-person voting locations are usually less crowded mid-morning or early afternoon.
Voters with disabilities may be able to use an accessible voting system at the elections office before Election Day.

Other accessible voting options
Ask your local elections office about whether these accessible voting options are available:

  • Ballot delivery to your home or a “ride to the polls” program.
  • Curbside or drive-up voting, so you don’t have to get out of your car.
  • Election and voting information in large print, audio, or Braille versions.
  • Any requirements to have someone assist you in marking and casting your ballot.

Find more healthy voting tips for secure, and safe ways to cast your ballot this year. more info

From Arc of California
Questions about Voting? Disability Vote California Voter Office Hours are Here to Help
Join members of Disability Vote California online for virtual Voter Office Hours each Tuesday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM from now through election day.

Voting experts from The Arc of California, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers | Disability Organization Network, Disability Rights California, and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities will be available each week to answer any questions you might have about voting in the election. If you have questions about voting by mail, drop boxes, voting in person, voting accessibility, or anything else please drop by!

Anyone with a question about voting can join. Traducción en español esta disponible.

Join the Voter Office Hours to ask your questions by visiting bit.ly/votersca or watch live on the following Facebook pages The Arc of California, SCDD, or CFILC.

Signing Your Ballot Envelope When You Vote: What People with Disabilities Need to Know

Voting in the 2020 Presidential General Election has officially begun. Ballots started arriving in homes throughout California last week. Many voters will be voting from home for the first time in the election. In order to make sure that our votes are counted it is especially important that we all know the rules. Voters with disabilities must pay special attention to the rule about signing our ballot return envelope.

All voters who will vote by mail or return our ballots in local voting drop boxes must sign the envelope that we are returning our ballots in. This is so that our county elections officials can compare our signatures with the ones they have on file associated with our voter registration and state ID cards. Our officials are making these comparisons to make sure that no one is committing voter fraud.

Many people with disabilities may not be able to sign our names, or our signatures may have changed since we registered to vote. If you have an official stamp that you use in place of a signature, or if you make a mark like and X in place of a signature on official documents you can use those to sign your ballot envelope. This flyer from Disability Rights California explains how.
For those of us who use a traditional signature it is important that we try to make them look as much like the signature on our state ID card or driver’s license as possible. Elections officials do not require an exact match, but the signatures must look fairly similar.
If you are concerned that your signature has changed since you registered to vote or got your state ID card contact your county elections office now to request a voter registration card so that you can update your signature on file.

Read More at Arc California

Free Rides: If You Want to Vote in Person or Drop Off Your Ballot at a Drop Box

On Election Day, November 3, your trip is free if you are going to and/or from an election polling site or to drop off a ballot, on LA Metro, Long Beach Transit, and ACCESS Services. Uber and Lyft are offering discounted rides.

Los Angeles-area voters heading to the polls on Tuesday can get free rides on public transportation, officials reminded the public Sunday.

L.A. Metro will provide free rides on all Metro bus and rail lines to help people reach the polls on Election Day. No fares will be charged from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to midnight, officials with the transit agency said.

Other transit agencies offering free fares on Election Day on March 3 include Access Services, Long Beach Transit, Culver City Bus, LADOT, Pasadena Transit and Antelope Valley Transit Authority.

In addition to its regularly scheduled, fixed-route bus service, Long Beach Transit will also offer free rides for its eligible Dial-A-Lift customers who have permanent mobility impairments.

Here's more information

ACCESS
Trips to Go Vote
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When you book your trip the day before, be sure to let the reservationist know that your trip is to go to vote. No fare will be collected by the driver.
Trips to drop off a ballot
When you book your trip the day before, let the reservationist know you want to drop off a ballot at an official Los Angeles County Ballot Drop Box location. No fare will be collected and the driver will wait for you to drop off your ballot up to fifteen (15) minutes and will take you to your next destination.

Uber
Helping people find their polling locations with an in-app poll-finding feature and 50% off roundtrip rides to and from the polls (up to $7 each trip), or up to $14 for the two trips.

Lyft
Use code 2020VOTE to take 50% off (up to $10) one Election Day ride to a polling place or ballot dropbox.