Why We Must Vote

Why We Must Vote

It Is Time to Make a Change

 

It is time for change. We need everyone to vote for change so that we can take our country back. After the blue wave sweeps across our nation, we will once again control the U.S. House and Senate, and we will simultaneously strengthen our majorities in the California Assembly.

With democrats in power, we will be able to sleep well knowing that our health care, social security, the dreamers, the environment, and our LGBTQ brothers and sisters will be protected. With democrats in power we will be able to hold this administration accountable for its numerous conflicts of interest, nefarious business practices, and for any wrongdoings that are identified via the Mueller investigation.

On the other hand, if Placer County democrats do not vote, then we will continue to be represented by Republicans. We will continue to be led by people who support the President, his administration, their policies, the special interests, and corporate greed.

We cannot let that happen. We cannot be complacent. We cannot sit on the sidelines. We must act to make the future blue. We need all democrats to come together, support fellow democrats, register to vote, and to vote in the June Primary on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and during the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

However, we cannot do this alone. We need our brothers and sisters who have historically declined to state a party preference to also support the democratic candidates. We not only share the same levels of disenchantment with the current political environment, we share the same values of clean air, safe communities, good jobs, schools, a thriving economy.

We have four endorsed candidates in Placer County that are all in very tough competitions against opponents who do not share California’s values or even a desire to help people, including:

  • Ms. Jessica Morse who is running for Congress in California’s 4th Congressional District against an incumbent who is aligned with the Tea Party and voted to take away your health care.
  • Ms. Jackie Smith who is running for Assembly in California’s 6th Assembly District against an incumbent who has not done a single thing to help his constituents. He has voted “no” on all legislation since his re-election in 2016.
  • Ms. Carla Neal who is running for Assembly in California’s 5th Assembly District against an incumbent who also has not done a single thing to help his constituents. He also voted “no” on all legislation since his re-election in 2016.
  • Mr. Jack Duran who is seeking re-election as Placer County Supervisor in District 1.

The purpose of this article is to communicate key voting dates, deadlines, and information. The goal is to get 100% of all democrats to register and actually vote during the June Primary on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and during the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

The future of our country is in your hands. There is too much at stake to sit this election out. If you want your voice to be heard, you must be registered to vote by May 21, 2018 to be able to vote in the June Primary on June 5, 2018. Also, you must be registered in the right county, right address, and as a democrat to able to vote on the democratic ticket and to receive the democratic mailing information.

It is super important that all democrats vote for the endorsed candidates in the June Primary because California has an Open Primary system. An open primary means that the top two vote getters will go on to face each other in the General Election in November. If democrats do not vote in the primary or if their votes are diluted amongst other democrats, it is possible that two republicans will finish in the top two spots. If this happened, those two republicans would face each other in the fall. This is the worst case scenario that would preclude a democrat from even having a chance to win the General Election.

We will not let this happen. We will fulfill our civic responsibility and vote democrat during the June Primary on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and most importantly during the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The purpose of this article is to communicate key voting dates, deadlines, and information. The goal is to get 100% of all democrats to register and actually vote during the June Primary on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and during the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Voter Qualifications

To register to vote in California, you must be:

Voter Registration

You must register to vote by May 21, 2018 to participate in the Primary on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

  • Online – Click here and push the “Register to Vote Now” button. To register you will need:
    • Your CA Driver’s License or CA ID Card number
    • The last four digits of your social security number
    • Your date of birth
  • Paper Application – Must be postmarked or hand delivered to your county election office by May 21, 2018.
    • You can obtain a paper application at any U.S. post office, DMV office, the library, or your local county election office; or
    • Call 1 (800) 345-VOTE(8683) to request a paper application to be mailed to you.
    • Click here to find the address to your county election office.
  • CA Military and Overseas Residents can vote via absentee ballot.
    • Click here to access the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Form; or
    • Call 1 (800) 345-VOTE(8683) to request the application to be mailed to you.
    • Send the completed application to your local county election office.
    • Click here to find the address for your local county election office.
    • Please visit Military & Overseas Voters for more information.
  • Out-of-State Residents
    • Can register to vote using any of the previously described voter registration methods.
    • Once registered, you can apply for a Vote-by-mail ballot following the steps described in the “Vote by Mail Registration & Voting by Mail” sections below.

Do I need to Re-Register to Vote?

You will need to re-register to vote if any of the following conditions apply to you since the last election:

  • You moved
  • You changed your name
  • You want to change political party affiliation
  • You want to join a political party
  • You want to change where your ballot will be mailed

Why take a chance? You do not want to miss the June Primary on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, or the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Simply click here and follow the prompts to determine if you need to re-register to vote.

Vote by Mail Registration

If you are registered to vote and prefer to vote by mail, you must submit the California Vote-by-mail Ballot Application to your local county elections office. The application is available here or at your local county elections office.

  • If you mail the application to your local county election office, it must be received by Tuesday, June 29, 2018.
  • After June 29, 2018, you must submit the Vote by Mail application in person to your local county elections office.

Voting by Mail

Your Vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and received by your local county elections office by Friday, June 8, 2018.

You can also hand deliver your Vote-by-mail ballot to any polling place in your district or to your local county elections office on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 by 8:00 PM.

Please take note of the key dates and share this information with all your friends and family. And most importantly, please encourage everyone in your circle to vote democrat on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and Tuesday, November 6, 2018!