voter's guide

marcarblog  asked:

Realize, Cliton or Trump IS NOT the whole election. In Congress, every seat in the House & 34 seats in the Senate are up for bid, there are State House & Senate seats, 12 State governors, offices for cities & counties, judgeships, police chiefs, and amendments all over the United States and territories. These will directly affect your life for years to come. Your vote counts, you vote for your future now.

Yeah, this is super important. Our voter information guide is 243 pages long in California this year, because there are *tons* of things to vote on. I know it’s time consuming, and I know it’s frustrating to look at candidates you aren’t crazy about, but that ballot is what you have to work with, That ballot is your opportunity to make your voice count, so please take it seriously and do it.

Ten Things to Know About California’s Primary (courtesy of the California Voter Foundation)

Ten Things to Know About California’s Primary

On Tuesday, June 7, California will hold a statewide primary election and voters will help choose which candidates will be selected as the political parties’ nominees for U.S. President. Many other federal, state and local contests are on the ballot as well.

Here are ten tips for voting in California’s Primary:

1. You must be registered to vote at your current address by Monday, May 23.

2. You can check your registration address and declared party preference by contacting your County Registrar of Voters. You can contact them by phone or email; some offer voter registration status lookup tools from their official election web sites. You may also receive an official county publication or notice in the mail showing your current party preference.

3. Unlike your voting options in all other California political contests, your voting right in the Presidential primary depends on the political party you are registered with. Though California has an “open primary,” the political parties decide whether to open their primaries to independent voters. (In the November general election, you can vote for any party’s Presidential candidate regardless of your party preference.)

4. If you are registered with a political party, you can only vote for a candidate running for President in that party.

5. If you want to vote for a Republican Presidential candidate, you must be registered with the Republican Party.

6. If you want to vote for a Democratic Presidential candidate, you must be registered with the Democratic Party or be registered as “No Party Preference”, which is the term used in California to register as an independent (also called “decline to state”). Independents make up nearly one-fourth of California’s registered voters.

7. “American Independent” is not the same as independent. It is an actual party and if you are one of the nearly half million Californians registered with this party, your Presidential primary choices will be limited to this party’s candidates.

8. If you want to register, update your address or change your party preference you must complete a voter registration application and submit it by May 23. You can register online at registertovote.ca.gov or request a paper application by calling 1-800-345-VOTE, or call or visit your county registrar of voters. But don’t wait until the last minute. The sooner you apply to register or change your registration, the more likely you will receive official state and local ballot information in advance of Election Day.

9. If you ask at the polls to vote for a presidential candidate for whom you are not eligible to vote, you will be invited to cast a provisional ballot. Your choice for president will not be counted but the rest of your choices in other contests will be. If you write in the name of a candidate who appears on another party’s ballot, your vote in that contest will not be counted but your other votes will be.

10. There are 34 U.S. Senate candidates on the ballot. Look at your ballot carefully. Because there are so many, the candidates may be listed in two or more columns or on two pages. Be sure to cast only one vote for U.S. Senate or your vote will not count.

Tomorrow is Election Day

If you HAVE voted, thank you for fulfilling your civic duty and showing that you care about living in a Republic. I truly, personally, appreciate every single one of you.

If you HAVE NOT voted, PLEASE DO TOMORROW. Any way you can. Polls usually have very generous hours tomorrow. PLEASE make every effort you can. Voting is one of the great perks that make our democracy different from anyone who isn’t a democracy. Even if you’re down about presidential prospects, there are LOTS of questions and local leaders that you can vote for. There your vote COUNTS. there’s NO electoral college! I beg you, please make an effort to get out there and make your voice heard. I don’t care who you vote for or what the result is. I just want as many qualified citizens as possible to get out there and show they enjoy being in a Republic. That makes this whole shithole so worth it.

To those who are FOREIGN or to YOUNG TO VOTE: I welcome your comments, but I ask for respect and circumspection. This ISN’T your vote, this ISN’T your time to try to make a scene or stand on a pedestal. Show your opinion, but be respectful to the citizens going to the polls.

Thank you. God Bless this Country, and may He guide our voters.

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Oh look! A video voter guide, from the awesome Good Muslim, Bad Muslim podcast empire.

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Voter Intimidation

😡Just got off the phone with my mom. My mother lives in Florida, a crucial swing state. This morning she went to her polling station in Volusia County to vote. She presented her driver’s license and the officials turned her away. They told her they could not find her registration in the voting log. She was “unknown”.

Well, they picked the wrong Puerto Rican woman to attempt to suppress. She immediately drew the line in the sand and said,“I’m not leaving here until I vote.” She presented her driver’s license again, this time with her voter’s registration card. She informed them she voted months ago in the primary so they need to look harder to find her. After a tense few minutes, phone calls and computer searches, guess what happened? Her registration suddenly reappeared. She was now allowed to #vote.

Immediately after casting her vote, she put them on notice and called the Democratic Party to complain of attempted voter suppression. My mother, a senior, said there were many other seniors, Hispanic and Caucasian, being turned away. I question how many of them will fight and return? Is this the rigged election that Mr Trump has been threatening?

If you discover your right to vote is being obstructed, you’re being intimidated, report it. If necessary call the police. Don’t let anyone steal your voice in the democratic process.