Democrats Need to Turn Out & VOTE "NO" -- Don't Let Republicans Take the California Governor's Office
Democrats must turn out to vote AGAINST the recall of current California Governor Gavin Newsom (D)! If this recall succeeds, Republicans will remove Newsom, who won in 2018 with nearly 62% of the vote, and replace him with a Republican.
Democrats can't afford to be complacent in this election. Republicans are highly motivated and even in a deep blue state like California, recent polls indicate that likely voters are now evenly split. Think of the damage a Republican Governor could do in California and beyond. We cannot sit on our hands and allow Republicans to take the Governor's office.
1) FILL OUT YOUR RECALL BALLOT TODAY!
Ballots went out to all California voters on July 31--either via email or postal mail depending on the preference you indicated. If you haven't seen your ballot yet, check your spam folder and secondary inboxes.
Here's what the ballot looks like--Stop the Recall by Voting NO!
**Special Note to Voters in Counties That Require a California Driver's License to Access Your Ballot**
We're hearing that the ballot access link for some counties, such as Alameda, require voters to provide a California Driver's License.
Don't worry--you can get your ballot even without a Calif Driver's License! According to Calif election officials:
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CALIFORNIA DRIVER'S LICENSE, ENTER THIS NUMBER INSTEAD: A1234567.
IMPORTANT: If you didn't get your ballot, you may be able to vote, but time is running short, so don't delay!
First, confirm that you're on the voter rolls and your ballot was sent out to you. You can check online using this website: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter Or, email or call your local election office. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"
Then, ask your local election office to email you a new one. It's the same contact information--just go www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"
Alternatively, many counties have ballots available for download, known as the Remote Accessible Ballot By Mail ("RAVBM"). RAVBMs were originally set up for voters with disabilities, but are available for all voters in 2021.
- The link for Los Angeles County's downloadable RAVBM is: https://ravbm.lavote.net
- The link for San Francisco County's downloadable RAVBM is: https://sfelections.org/tools/ravbm
- If you vote in another county, you can find out if it has RAVBM ballots available for download by searching for "[name of your county] RAVBM"
Finally, if you have trouble getting in touch with your local election office or cannot download a ballot, you can also vote using a Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, or FWAB). It’s only for overseas voters and protects your right to vote. For detailed information how to use the Backup Ballot, please go to www.votefromabroad.org/fwab
The Backup Ballot isn't set up for an unusual election like the Governor Recall election, but in the "Write in Candidates" section, you can indicate "Governor Recall Election" and "NO" Here's an example:
Then send in your Backup Ballot by fax or mail, just like the official ballot.
2) RETURN YOUR BALLOT TO YOUR LOCAL ELECTION OFFICE IN CALIFORNIA--DON'T WAIT, DO IT NOW!
We recommend returning your ballot by FAX. If you return it by fax, it must be received by September 14, 8:00 PM (California time).
Most people don't have a fax machine these days, but you can fax back your ballot using one of these methods:
1. Use a public fax machine (search for "fax machine near me");
2. Use an email-to-fax service (search for online services or a fax app for your phone);
3. Use the email-to-fax service through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (www.FVAP.gov).
For more ideas on how to return your ballot by fax, go to www.votefromabroad.org/how-to-return-your-ballot (under "How to Return Your Ballot Electronically").
You can also return your ballot by postal mail, but be careful of the deadlines. If you return your ballot by postal mail, it must be Postmarked by September 14 AND Received in California September 21.
3) CONFIRM THAT YOUR BALLOT WAS ACCEPTED AND WILL BE COUNTED
Make sure your vote is counted. Please make sure your ballot was received and accepted.
Track your ballot online using this website: https://california.ballottrax.net/voter
Or, email or call your local election office. You can find the contact information at: www.votefromabroad.org/states/ca; scroll down to "Find Your Election Office"
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