Election Day 2020 is Tuesday, November 3
November 3, Election Day 2020, arguably will be one of the most important days in U.S. history. It’s a presidential election where there is a clear referendum for where this country is headed for at least the next four years. Will democracy be strengthened and rights of citizenship and economic opportunity be extended to more people than ever before? Or do we continue down the road of nationalism to preserve and protect the rights of certain groups at the expense of others.
Here’s how the changes dictated by COVID-19 ensure that Election 2020 will be unlike any other.
Every registered voter in the state, including Tulare County, will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 19, but provisional registrations will be accepted right up to Election Day on November 3. Voters who register after October 19 will vote provisionally, meaning that their vote will not be counted until it is certain that they have not voted anywhere else.
Polling locations, called modified vote centers, will be established at 19 locations throughout Tulare County. There will be one vote center for every 10,000 registered voters. There are currently 187,000 registered voters in Tulare County. Election officials expect that number to increase by two or three thousand by election day.
Most vote centers will be open for four days up to and including election day for those who want to drop off their mail-in ballots (except for Three Rivers; see below). Election 2020: What you
Registered voters in Tulare County should expect to receive ballots and election materials in October.
Three Rivers votes— Foothills communities including Three Rivers, Springville, and the Tule River Reservation, because of their more remote locations, will have their own vote centers but they will be open only on election day, November 3.
In Three Rivers, the voting center will be at its traditional polling place: the Three Rivers Memorial Building.
Voters who choose to vote by mail may register to track the progress of their ballot through a state-mandated tracking system. To track your ballot online: www.wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov. That is the official tracking system and it will be supervised by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Election 2020: What you
“There have been a number of voters who have expressed concerns about what happens to their ballots once they are mailed,” said Michelle Baldwin, Tulare County Registrar of Voters. “We think the tracking system will ensure that every vote is counted correctly.”
For voter registration information or for any questions about the upcoming presidential election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, call the Tulare County Elections Office at 559-624-7000. Election 2020: What you
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