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Vote! “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

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

On this page, grab links to reliable, nonpartisan resources for voter registration and other voting info for all 50 states of the USA, and for the State of California. Additional info is included for Monterey County. Scroll down for bicycling-specific resources.
Bicycling Monterey extends respect to everyone who takes the time to inform themselves about candidates and issues, then votes according to their own beliefs and conscience.

Want government representatives who share your concerns about issues such as bicycling infrastructureclimate change, or gun law reform? Register and vote! If you’re age 16 or 17, note special info for YOUTH below.

Did you miss your state’s voter registration deadline for voting in an upcoming election? Some states have a “safety net,” Conditional Voter Registration that allows you to still cast your vote. For example, for Californians: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/conditional-voter-reg/

Check your state’s website for upcoming elections, e.g., in California http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/—including county-administered elections http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/county-administered-elections/.

This post is provided as an intro about voting. For any updates, and for the most complete information, visit official government websites:

United States – https://www.usa.gov/how-to-vote

California – http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

Monterey County – http://www.montereycountyelections.us/index.htm

United States of America

More info for all California residents

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

California YOUTH:

  • Eager to vote? Be ready! If you pre-register at age 16 or 17, you’ll automatically become registered on your 18th birthday. Pre-registration info: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/pre-register-16-vote-18/
  • “Only 8% of eligible youth aged 18-24 voted in the 2014 general election. Only 52% of eligible youth were even registered to vote, more than 20 points below any other age group.”—CA Secretary of State
Monterey County (only)

Bicycling-specific resources

California Bicycle Coalition (calbike.org) provides some recommendations regarding upcoming elections. http://www.calbike.org/bike_the_vote_with_calbike

For example, about a proposition on California’s Nov 6, 2018 ballot: https://twitter.com/CalBike/status/1042881082973212674.  Click here for more about Prop 6, including examples of Monterey County leaders urging No on 6.

Check #IBikeIVote and #BikeTheVote hashtags on Twitter and other social media platforms for additional information that may be of interest to you, such as:

Bike the Vote, Los Angeles, e.g., https://twitter.com/bikethevote/status/1045146901618745344

The League of American Bicyclists – update from the League on 10/24/18:

  • U.S. Congressional voting records. In the past, the League has recorded how members of Congress vote on issues that effect bicycling and walking, and the League plans to do that again in the future. With the current transportation bill expiring in 2020, there will be more U.S. Congressional votes coming.
  • 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.”
  • To contact the League, https://www.bikeleague.org/content/staff

 Register and Vote!

As the League of Women Voters says, “Democracy is not a spectator sport!” 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 serves to remind: please register  so you can vote!

Bicycling Monterey’s founder is registered No Party Affiliation. The speech below is shared as a reminder about the importance of voting, whatever your values and beliefs.

Some helpful info for Californians from http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections:

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Information below was previously published. 

Archived tips  

The information below is comprised of miscellaneous tips, archived in fairly random order.

Check with your state or county’s elections department for upcoming election dates, FAQs, details on voting, etc.

Youth and other new voters may not know their rights. See the CA Voter Bill of Rights. It includes 10 rights, such as #3, the right to vote if you are in line when the polls close. Another right many people are unaware of is #7, the right to drop off your completed vote-by-mail ballot at any polling place in the county where you are registered to vote.
California’s semi-open primary system can be confusing. Here are two helpful resources about “No Party Preference” / NPP voters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL8roc8b6tM&feature=youtu.be

http://www.sos.ca.gov/administration/news-releases-and-advisories/2016-news-releases-and-advisories/tips-no-party-preference-voters/

Monterey County Elections Department http://www.montereycountyelections.us/index.htm sometimes has additional hours, such as Saturday hours near an election date; check with them for any hours not posted on their website.

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This post was previously published in 2013 and has since been partly updated. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, start with the official government websites, for example:

United States – https://www.usa.gov/how-to-vote

California – http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

Monterey County – http://www.montereycountyelections.us/index.htm

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