Election 2020

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FoCE is partnering with the California Civic Engagement Project to launch a new research study entitled, “Voter Messaging in the Time of COVID-19.” The project will explore the opinions of eligible voters in California regarding the likelihood of their electoral participation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-pager for this project is attached here. Findings will be released late July/early August; sign up for our newsletter to get updates on this work.

On May 8, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20 to mail every registered voter a ballot. Read a summary of the order here.

On June 3, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-67-20 for secure and accessible elections. However, this order is currently on hold due to a court decision. Read a summary of the order here – for more on this issue, see CalMatters here and Sacramento Bee here.

There are also two bills, Assembly Bill 860 and Senate Bill 423, currently moving forward in the California State Legislature that, if passed, will also shape California elections this November.

Voter Education Resources

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Comprehensive Voting Information

  • California Secretary of State Election 2020 website.

Know Your Voting Rights

  • Voter Bill of Rights – Office of the California Secretary of State.
  • Translated voting rights resources from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus including:
    • Know Your Voting Rights fact sheet (for VCA counties) – translated into Arabic, Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese (Traditional), Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Farsi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tongan, Vietnamese.
    • Know Your Voting Rights fact sheet (for non-VCA counties) – translated into Arabic, Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese (Traditional), Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Farsi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tongan, Vietnamese.

Get Assistance

  • Information for Voters with Disabilities
  • Information for Language Assistance 
    • National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund national bilingual voter hotline: 1-888-839-8682 (1-888-VE-Y-VOTA). Hotline hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT.
    • Advancing Justice | AAJC and APIA Vote run a hotline where voters can get answers to their questions about voting and receive assistance in nine Asian languages. Call 1-888-API-VOTE or 1-888-274-8683 for assistance.
    • Language Assistance When Voting fact sheet by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus – translated into Arabic, Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese (Traditional), Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Farsi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tongan and Vietnamese.
    •  Election Protection Coalition 866ourvote.org hotlines:
      • Call in English – 866-OUR-VOTE or 866-687-8683.
      • Call in Spanish/English – 888-VE-Y-VOTA or 888-839-8682.
      • Call in Asian Languages/English – 888-API-VOTE or 888-274-8683.
      • Call in Arabic/English – 844-YALLA-US or 844-925-5287.
      • Or text “OUR VOTE” to 97779.
  • Information for Voting with a Criminal Conviction
    • LetMeVoteCA.org: A guide to voting for people with a criminal conviction, by the ACLU of California’s Voting Rights Project.

Voter’s Choice Act Information

The Voter’s Choice Act provides flexible voting options and expands the voting period. Voters in participating counties will have three choices for how to cast their ballot. Participating counties: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Tuolumne.

  • VotersChoice.org – Comprehensive information about the VCA and county-specific information including:
    • FAQ – March 2020 Primary (with the exception of LA County).
    • FAQ – LA County March 2020 Primary.
    • Voter’s Choice California Vote Plan guide.
    • Voter’s Choice Act fact sheet (English) (Spanish)
    • Voter’s Choice Act 101 PowerPoint download (English) (Spanish)
  • Plain language one-page on the Voter’s Choice Act – League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. Available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and English on easyvoter.org
  • Voter’s Choice Act resources from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus including:
    • Voter’s Choice Act fact sheet – translated into Arabic, Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese (Traditional), Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Farsi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tongan and Vietnamese.
    • Voter’s Choice Act 10-minute presentation – translated into Spanish.
    • Voter’s Choice Act and Census 30-minute presentation – translated into Spanish.

Nonpartisan Voter Guides

  • Easy Voter Guide for March 2020, by League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. Basic voting information for new and busy voters including information about No Party Preference voting, same day registration, and an unbiased explanation of Proposition 13. Available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and English on easyvoter.org.
  • Voter’s Edge California – A joint project of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. Find in-depth information about what’s on your ballot.


Additional Election Resources:

  • Same Day Voter Registration Toolkits for Election Officials and Community Organizations – Future of California Elections.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Voter Registration Training; scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Casting a Vote-by-Mail Ballot? Follow These Tips to Make Sure it’s Counted – California Voter Foundation.