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Nov 6: Vote! “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

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

Want government representatives who share your concerns about issues such as bicycling infrastructure, climate change, or gun law reform? Register and vote! If you’re age 16 or 17, note special info for YOUTH below.
On this page, grab a link for voter registration info for all 50 states of the USA, and for the State of California. Additional info is included for Monterey County.
Upcoming elections include November 6, 2018 nationwide general election. Check your state’s website for other elections too, e.g., http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/, which includes county-administered elections as well, e.g., http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/county-administered-elections/

United States of America

  • Voting rules in the USA differ in every state. Note your state’s rules about voting in primary elections too.
  • In most states you may register online or on paper. If on paper, in most states you may register by postal mail or at other officially designated sites (e.g., an Elections Department office).
  • Grab a link to info for your state: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
  • YOUTH: 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. Learn more:  https://www.headcount.org/think-youre-young-register/.

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

More info for all California residents

For any possible changes check the State of California website, http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/.)

Monterey County (only)

 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!

Check #IBikeIVote and #BikeTheVote hashtags on Twitter and other online sites for additional information that may be of interest to you.

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.

Bicycling Monterey rolls the vote

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.

This post was previously published in 2013 and has since been partly updated. 

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