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Important COVID-19 Updates for Voter Registration
COVID-19 Updates: COVID-19 has forced us all to make many drastic adjustments in our lives. In an effort to make sure you have the easiest time voting in November, please keep the following information in mind:
• In response to COVID-19, the state of California is now a vote-by-mail state. This means that everyone who is registered to vote will automatically receive their ballot in the mail.
• If you're already a registered voter, please check your voter status at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov to see what address you are registered with. Many of our UCR students have been temporarily displaced because of COVID-19, and you might no longer be living at the address you have listed.
• Your vote-by-mail ballot will automatically be sent to the address that you are registered with. If you no longer live there because of COVID-19, or you can't access that address, you need to re-register to vote so that you can list your new current address and ensure you get your ballot. You can re-register at covr.sos.ca.gov
• Don't wait to re-register! It is super easy to click this link right now and ensure you get your ballot. You don't want to put it off for later and find that your ballot has been sent to an address you are no longer at.
California Voter FAQ
With COVID-19 around will there even be an election this year?
Yes! Even though we have all had to make huge adjustments in our lives because of COVID-19, the election in November is still happening. The state of California has issued an executive order that the state will now be a vote-by-mail state. This means that everyone who registers to vote will automatically receive their ballot by mail. Everyone who is already registered to vote will also automatically receive their ballot in the mail. We highly encourage you to check your voter registration status at sos.ca.gov/elections/cavoter and pay specific attention to the address you have listed. If you didn’t provide a specific mailing address, then your ballot will be sent to whatever address you registered with. If you registered with an address near UCR, and you have been temporarily displaced because of COVID-19, then your ballot will still go to that address but you won't be able to access it.
If you find that you need to make a change to your address to ensure you receive your ballot, you will need to re-register—it only takes a minute or two at covr.sos.ca.gov
Am I eligible to register to vote?
You can register to vote in California if you are:
- A U.S. citizen and a resident of California.
- 18 years of age or older on Election Day.
- Not currently imprisoned or on parole for a felony conviction.
- Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent to vote.
Note: Online pre-registration is now available for eligible 16- and 17-year olds. California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18-years-old.
Where can I register to vote?
Registering to vote is super easy! Head over to studentvote.org/ca-register The deadline to register to vote is October 19, 2020.
Where can I check to see if I am already registered?
Use online tools provided by the California Secretary of State at sos.ca.gov/elections/cavoter to learn if you are registered to vote in California.
What is the difference between permanent address and mailing address?
When you register to vote, you have the option of providing your home address and a mailing address.
- Home Address: This is the location you want your ballot to represent. This is likely your family's home. Whatever address you pick as your home address, your ballot will include measures specific to that area. Home address is also sometimes called a residence or permanent address.
- Mailing Address: This is where you want your vote-by-mail ballot to go. You will also receive other information and documents about elections at this address. Home address and mailing address do not need to be the same. We HIGHLY encourage you to check your voter registration so you know what address you are registered with and you can ensure that you can still access that location to receive your ballot.
Whatever address you list you need to make sure that you include a complete address. If it is an apartment complex, for example, you need to include your apartment/room number.
I had to move because of COVID-19, do I need to re-register?
It depends. Your ballot is going to automatically go to whatever address you used to register. If you included a mailing address, it will go there. If you have been temporarily displaced because of COVID-19, you need to check your voter registration to see what address you registered with at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov. Your ballot will go to that address and if you don’t live there anymore because of COVID-19 you will need to re-register to vote so that you can change your address to where you are currently located covr.sos.ca.gov
Will there be polling places on the UCR Campus?
There are no plans to have polling locations on the UCR Campus. The state of California is now a vote-by-mail state. The state is still considering a few select physical locations, but we do not foresee there being any physical locations at the UCR Campus.
Do I need to re-register if I change my surname or political party?
Yes. If you legally change your name or wish to change your registered political party, you need to re-register to vote at covr.sos.ca.gov
I still have questions. Who can I contact?
For questions regarding voter engagement, contact the office of Student Life at email@example.com
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