Physicians: Don’t forget to VOTE

September 29, 2020
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy 

Election Day is just a little over one month away. We hope that you will vote and ensure that the voice of physicians and patients are heard loud and clear at the ballot box.

Every registered voter in California will get a ballot in the mail if their address on file is correct. Vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out during the first week of October. If you vote by mail (also known as "absentee"), your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day.

In a typical year, ballots postmarked by Election Day and received up to three days afterward would be counted, but this year ballots will be accepted up to 17 days after Election Day, according to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

If you would rather not mail your vote-by-mail ballot, you—or your authorized representative—can bring it to any polling place in your county between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you need to look up your polling place, you can do so on the California Secretary of State website.

To build trust in the voting process, California has also launched a new “Where’s My Ballot” system, which allows voters to sign up to get a text, email or phone call telling them where in the process their ballot is. To sign up for Where's My Ballot, visit california.ballottrax.net/voter.

What’s on the Ballot?

Confused about what’s at stake, which races to watch, how to vote during a pandemic or why you’re yet again voting on kidney dialysis? The CalMatters 2020 Election Guide is a one-stop-shop for non-partisan information on this year’s ballot.


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