Official Voter Information Guide from Secretary of State of the State of California, Alex Padilla
Free and fair elections are the foundation of American democracy. Throughout our nation’s history, we have held elections during times of peace and times of war, during good economic times and during recessions, and even prior pandemics.
- Every registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot.
- Every registered voter can sign up to receive vote-by-mail ballot tracking by text (SMS), email, or voice call.
- Extra sanitation methods and social distancing measures will be in place at all voting locations.
In 2020, California elections officials are rising to meet the challenge of COVID-19.
Due to COVID-19, there may be fewer in-person voting locations in your county than normal. You can help your community by voting early this year, either by mail or in person. Smaller crowds and shorter lines on Election Day will help elections officials maintain healthier voting locations and allow poll workers to better serve voters who need assistance — including our neighbors with disabilities, those who need assistance in another language, or those who need a replacement ballot.
You can visit vote.ca.gov for more helpful information and tools for this year’s election.
If you have any questions about voter registration or casting your ballot this fall, you can contact the Secretary of State’s office by calling toll-free (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
Student Engagement and Leadership Development's Community Engagement branch is designed to enhance CSUMB's already pertinent culture of social responsibility. This includes co-curricular service, civic engagement, volunteering, and philanthropy.
Volunteer Opportunities During Shelter-in-Place
There are plenty of ways to give back during this challenging time. Check out this list for ideas and email Community Engagement if you have any ideas you want to share with us!
- Donate to a food bank or shelter - scroll to bottom of link to find local bank or shelter
- Wellness checks on elderly neighbors - write a letter, send a text, call, train them on Zoom or Facetime
- Transcribe Smithsonian archives
- Find an opportunity that matches your skills on Volunteer Match
- Managed by the United Nations Volunteers, check out Online Volunteer to find more opportunities
- Check out Missingmaps.org, an open, collaborative project to help map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people
- Read and record a book through Librivox.org, a free public domain of audio books
- Volunteer with a local candidate running for office. Find out who is running in your area through vote411.org
- Offer to tutor or teach a subject to K-12 students in your network
- Get material to make blankets and/or scarves to be donated at another time
- Offer yard work services to neighbors
- Become a pen pal with elderly folks in your network
- Write thank you notes to essential workers
- Go through your closet and donate unused clothes at a later time
- Build flower boxes for habitat for humanity houses
- Donate art supplies to kids in homeless shelters
- Plant flowers in your local park
- Set up a recycling or compost system in your home
- Foster or adopt shelter animals
- Make and donate first aid kits to homeless shelters