Secure Elections Plan: Ensuring a Fair and Secure Recall

Fair and secure elections are the foundation of a thriving democracy. They ensure that we the people pick our representatives – and in turn, that our representatives are accountable to us. Elections must be conducted in a manner that assures all people of all political affiliations, races, and ethnicities that all legally cast votes will be counted fairly.

To increase the fairness and security of our elections, everyone must do their part! Here’s my plan to increase the security of our September 14th election:

Step 1: Register to Vote

If you are not yet registered to vote, you can register online here if you meet these criteria:

  • a U.S. citizen living in California 
  • at least 18 years old 
  • registered where you currently live 
  • not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony, and
  • not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court

You must register at least 15 days prior to the election – August 30. If you miss this deadline, there is a same-day voter registration process you can complete (learn more aquí).

If you’re not sure if you’re registered to vote, you can check here.

Step 2: Become a Poll Worker

In the last election, Democrats accounted for ~90% of poll workers. Why? They showed up. Narrow the gap by getting involved. 

To serve as a poll worker you must be:

  • A registered California voter or legal resident of the United States who would be eligible to vote except for your citizenship status, or
  • An eligible high school student

Poll workers do the following:

  • Set up and closes a polling place
  • Help voters understand their rights
  • Protect ballots and voting equipment

You can sign up here.

Step 3: Become a Poll Watcher

Poll watchers are volunteers who watch the election process and make sure things are going smoothly. In California, anyone is allowed to observe the voting process. In some counties, poll watchers don’t have to announce or identify themselves. Contact your county’s election office to learn more. 

If you see anything troubling at a polling place, report your complaint online at www.sos.ca.gov, call the Secretary of State at (800) 345-VOTE (8683), email them at [email protected], or contact their local county registrar.

Consider reviewing these statewide policies and procedures before the election.

Step 4: Vote

Over the last year, many Americans have expressed concern that their votes are not going to be counted fairly. This needs to be addressed, but it should not keep you from voting. Not voting removes the opportunity you have of influencing the elections.

If you are concerned about the integrity of your ballot, vote in-person or by dropping off your mail-in ballot in person. Polls are open between 7am and 8pm.

Polling places and vote centers are established by county elections officials. Look for your polling place address or vote center locations in the county Voter Information Guide that you receive in the mail sometime after August 15. You may also visit the Secretary of State’s website at vote.ca.gov or call the toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683). You can also text “Vote” to GOVOTE (468683) to find the location of your polling place

Review your Voter Bill of Rights before voting.

If you prefer to vote by mail, you can follow mail-in ballot instructions here. All registered voters should begin receiving their ballots by mail on August 16. 

Not convinced you should vote on September 14? Here’s why you should vote in this election:

Step 5: Track Your Ballot

After voting, check to ensure that your ballot was received and accepted. You can do this at the Secretary of State’s website or through the phone number or website provided here for your county elections office.

Step 6: Request a Hand Count Audit (if necessary)

If you have concerns that the election results were not tabulated accurately or fairly, you have the right – as a registered voter in California – to request a hand count audit of any election. In most counties, you must do this within 5 days of the election.