Voting Drives Democracy

Veritable Vegetable strongly encourages everyone to VOTE in-person in the General Election on November 3, 2020.

Your vote is your voice on issues affecting housing, education, employment, healthcare, climate and of course who will lead your country 

Make your plans to vote NOW. Make your voice heard. Help others do the same. Voting drives democracy.  

 

Vote Early. Vote Now.

Why vote? Why Bother?

  • Your vote is your voice–if you think ‘not-voting is a statement’, nobody can hear you.
  • Defend democracy–participate in our great social experiment; people died so you can vote.
  • Change the system–voting is an opportunity to stand up for what you want.
  • Your community depends on you–select local & state officials–it is not JUST the president.
  • It’s your money–decide how your tax dollars are spent.

Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.  –Mark Twain

Make a Plan to Vote

With Covid-19 concerns, weather impacts, mail delays and more, it’s very important to make a plan to vote, and to do it early.

Are you registered to vote?

What deadlines apply to your state?

Where can you vote in-person or drop off your ballot?

What do you need to bring with you to vote in-person?

Below is registration information and important voting deadlines for the states within our distribution area: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico.

We will update this page regularly so please check back often for voting related information relevant to your state.

You can protest ‘til the moon turns blue, but nothing will change unless you vote.

–Dolores Huerta

How to Vote Safely In-Person

If you can, vote in-person at a polling location in your county. This can be done safely with a little planning and preparation.

Protect Yourself

  • Wear a mask or face covering.
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet from other voters and poll workers.
  • Avoid touching your face while voting.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and disinfectant to wipe down the voting area.

Avoid Crowds

  • Use early voting to avoid crowds on Election Day.
  • If voting on Election Day, consider going during off peak times such as mid-morning.
  • If driving to the polls and your schedule allows, monitor the voter line from your car and join it when it’s shorter.

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Be Prepared

  • Check your voting location and requirements in advance because they may have changed due to COVID-19.
  • Verify your voter registration information is correct in advance of reporting to the polling location.
  • Make sure you have all necessary documents to avoid delays at the polling location.
  • If possible, complete any registration forms prior to arriving at the polling location.
  • Where possible, review or complete a sample ballot at home to speed the process of casting your ballot at the polling location
  • Bring your own black ink pen.
  • Bring a stylus or similar object for use with touchscreen voting machines. Check with poll workers before using
  • Arizona

    Arizona allows any voter to request a ballot by mail, vote early in-person or vote in person on Election Day.

    Registration

    • Register online by Oct. 5. Register HERE
    • Register by mail–postmarked by Oct. 5
    • Register in person: Oct. 5
    • Check registration status HERE

    Absentee Ballots

    Early Voting (In-Person)

    • In-person early voting begins Oct 7.
    • Locations and hours of operation may vary depending on your county.
    • Contact your county clerk for more up-to-date information on early-voting.
    • Prepare what you need to bring to vote in-person by checking the lists below. 

    Vote In-Person

    • Find your polling location HERE. 
    • Prepare what you need to bring to vote in-person by checking the lists below. 

    What to Bring to the Polls (read carefully):

    • When you arrive to vote at the polls on Election Day you will announce your name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification from List #1 or two different forms of identification from List #2 or List #3.  
    • Valid identification is also required prior to receiving a ballot at any in-person early voting location or emergency vote center or from a special election board. 
    • Members of federally-recognized tribes are not required to have an address or photo on their tribal identification in order to cast a provisional ballot. 

    List #1 

    Sufficient Photo ID including name and address

    (One Required) 

    • Valid Arizona driver license 
    • Valid Arizona non-operating identification card 
    • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification 
    • Valid U.S. federal, state, or local government-issued identification 

    List #2

    Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the name and address

    (Two Required)

    • Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television 
    • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election 
    • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration 
    • Indian census card 
    • Property tax statement of the elector’s residence 
    • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification 
    • Arizona vehicle insurance card 
    • Recorder’s Certificate 
    • Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder 
    • Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material”

    List #3

    Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2

    (Two Required) 

    • Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register 
    • U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2 
    • U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2 
  • California

    All of California’s registered voters will be mailed a ballot no later than 29 days prior to Election Day. Early voting and in-person voting locations will also be available to voters.

    Registration

    • Register online by Oct. 19. Register HERE.
    • Register by mail–postmarked by Oct. 19.
    • Register in person by Nov. 3.
    • Check your registration status HERE.

    Absentee Ballot

    • Request a vote-by-mail ballot by Oct. 27
    • Return by mail–must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and received by your county elections office no later than Nov. 3.
    • Return in person to your county elections office of any polling place in your county before 8:00pm on Nov. 3.
    • Track the status of your ballot HERE

    Early Voting (In-Person)

    • Early voting is available Oct 5 – Nov. 2 for some counties.
    • Contact your county election office to see if they offer early voting. 
    • Prepare what you need to bring to vote in-person by checking the lists below. 

    Vote In-Person

    • Find you polling location HERE. 
    • Prepare what you need to bring to vote in-person by checking the lists below.

    What to Bring to the Polls:

    • In most cases, a California voter is not required to show identification to a polling place worker before casting a ballot. 
    • If you are voting for the first time after registering to vote by mail and did not provide your driver license number, California identification number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration form, you may be asked to show a form of identification when you go to the polls. In this case, be sure to bring identification with you to your polling place or include a copy of it with your vote-by-mail ballot.  
      • A copy of a recent utility bill, the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency are examples of acceptable forms of identification. Other acceptable forms of identification include your passport, driver license, official state identification card, or student identification card showing your name and photograph. View the complete list of acceptable forms of Voter ID when voting for the first time HERE 

    Missed all the deadlines? Don’t worry, you can still register and vote in-person through early voting or on Election Day.  

    Same Day Voter Registration, known as Conditional Voter Registration in state law, is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally.  

    Use the polling place lookup tool to find your local polling location. 

  • Colorado

    Colorado mails a ballot to every registered voter a few weeks before the election. Keep an eye on your mailbox, and be sure to mail it back or drop it in a drop-box before Election Day! You can also vote in person. Colorado offers early voting.

    Registration

    • Register online by Oct. 26. Register HERE.
    • Register by mail–Received by Oct. 26.
    • Register in person: Nov. 3.
    • Check your registration status HERE.

    Absentee Ballots

    • No request needed; every registered voter will be mailed a ballot.
    • Return by mail–must be received by Nov. 3. USPS recommends mailing no later than Oct.27th. You must provide your own postage.
    • Return in person to any ballot drop box in your county as soon as possible. Must be received by 7:00pm on Nov. 3.
    • Voters may also need to return a photocopy of their ID with their ballots if they are voting by mail for the first time. 

    Early Voting (In-Person)

    • Oct. 19 – Nov. 2; dates and hours may vary based on your county.
    • Contact your county elections office for additional information. 

    In-Person Voting

    • Find your local polling location HERE.
    • Prepare what you need to bring to vote in-person by checking the list below.

    Missed all the deadlines? You will not receive a ballot by mail, but you can still vote in person at a voter service and polling center in your county. Same-Day Registration available in person before 7:00pm on Election Day.

     

    What to Bring to the Polls: 

    • Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time for individuals who prefer to vote in person rather than by mail. An individual who is in line at the time polls close must be allowed to vote. 
    • Colorado requires voters to present non-photo identification while voting at the polls.  

    Acceptable Forms of ID: 

    • A valid Colorado driver’s license or valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue. (Note: documents issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals under Part 5 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S. are not acceptable forms of identification.) 
    • A valid U.S. passport. 
    • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado. 
    • A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the U.S. 
    • A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector. 
    • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. 
    • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood. 
    • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 
    • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector. 
    • Certified documentation of naturalization. 
    • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in *Colorado, as defined in section 23-3.1-102(5), C.R.S.. 
    • A valid veteran identification card issued by the U.S. department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible elector. 
    • A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership. 

    Any form of identification listed above that shows your address must show a Colorado address to qualify as an acceptable form of identification. 

     

    The following documents are also considered acceptable forms of identification for voting: 

    • Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility, as defined in section 1-1-104(18.5), C.R.S. 
    • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote shall be considered sufficient identification of such person for the purposes of section 1-2-210.5, C.R.S. 
    • Written correspondence from the county sheriff or his or her designee to the county clerk indicating that a voter is confined in a county jail or detention facility. 
  • Hawaii

    Hawaii mails a ballot to every registered voter a few weeks before the election. Voters should expect to receive their General Election ballot packet by mail by October 16. If you do not, contact County Elections Division for a replacement. Voters can also vote in person through early voting or on Election Day. 

    Registration

    • Register online by Oct. 5. Register HERE.
    • Register by mail–postmarked by Oct. 5.
    • Register in person by Oct. 5.
    • Check your registration status HERE.

    Absentee Ballots

    • No request needed; every registered voter will be mailed a ballot.  
    • Return by mail: must be received by Nov. 3. USPS recommends mailing no later than Oct.27th.
    • Return completed ballots in person to any voter service center or place of deposit by 7:00PM on Nov. 3. 

    Early Voting

    • Available Oct. 20 – Nov. 2, but dates and hours of operation may vary depending on your county.
    • Prepare what you need to bring to vote in-person by checking the list below.

    Vote In-Person

    • Use this interactive map or PDF map to find a voter service center.
    • Prepare what you need to bring to vote in-person by checking the list below.

    What to Bring to the Polls

    • If you’ve voted in Hawaii before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote.
    • If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn’t provide a copy of your ID when you registered, you will need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: current driver’s license or state ID card; military ID; US passport; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government issued document that shows your name and address.
    • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. You must provide the clerk’s office acceptable identification two days after the election for the ballot to be counted.

    Missed all the deadlines? Same-day registration and voting is available at your voter service center starting from the early voting period through Election Day.

  • Nevada

    Nevada will mail all active, registered voters a ballot in the mail in late September or early October. You can also vote in person through early voting or on Election Day.  

    Registration

    • Register online by Oct. 29. Register HERE.
    • Register by mail–postmarked by Oct. 6
    • Register in person by Oct. 6
    • Check registration status HERE.

    Absentee Ballots

    • No request needed; every registered voter will be mailed a ballot. 
    • Return by mail—must be postmarked by Nov. 3. USPS recommends sending it by Oct 27. 
    • Return in person to your County Clerk or Voter Registrar as soon as possible and no later than 7:00PM on Nov. 3.

    Early Voting (In-Person)

    • Available to every voter at any location in your county where early voting is offered. 
    • Available Oct. 17 – Oct. 30, but dates and hours may vary based on your county 
    • Find early voting locations and details for your county HERE. 

    Why is early voting beneficial?

    • Makes voting more accessible to more citizens;  
    • Increases voter participation rates;  
    • Allows more accurate and efficient ballot counts;  
    • Reduces administrative costs to the taxpayer; and  
    • Creates a more informed and thoughtful electorate. 

    Vote In-Person

    • Find polling locations and details for your county HERE. 
    • Prepare what you need to bring to vote in-person by checking the list below. 

    What to Bring to the Polls

    • If you’ve voted in Nevada before, you do not have to show ID to vote as long as your name appears in the election board register and your signature matches the signature on the record. 
    • If you’re a first-time voter, you may need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: the card issued to the voter at the time he or she registered to vote; a driver’s license; an identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles; a military identification card; or any other form of identification issued by a governmental agency which contains the voter’s signature and physical description or picture. 
    • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

    Missed all the deadlines? You can also register and vote on Election Day. Same-day voter registration is also available at any in-person polling place during the 14-day early voting period, which runs from Saturday, October 17, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020. 

  • New Mexico

    New Mexico allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person through early voting or on Election Day. 

    Registration 

    • Register online by Oct. 6. Register HERE.
    • Register by mail–postmarked by Oct. 6
    • Register in person by Oct. 31
    • Check your registration status HERE.

    Absentee Ballots

    • Request a ballot by  filling out an application online or contacting your county clerk’s office in person, phone, mail or email by by Oct. 20
    • Completed ballots sent by mail must be received by 7:00PM on Nov. 3. USPS recommends sending by Oct 27.
    • Drop completed ballots in person at your county clerk’s office or to any polling location in your county by 7:00PM on Nov. 3. 
    • If you mail your ballot back but it still has not been received by Election Day, you still have the option to go to a polling place and cast a ballot. You will just need to sign an affidavit cancelling the mailed ballot you submitted. 

    Early Voting (In-Person)

    • Available Oct. 17 – Oct. 31 but locations and hours of operations may vary depending on your county. 
    • Find early voting locations HERE or contact your county clerk’s office.
    • Prepare what you need to vote in-person ahead of time by checking the list below. 

    Vote In-Person

    • Use this address lookup tool to find a polling location. 
    • Prepare what you need to vote in-person ahead of time by checking the list below. 

    What to Bring to the Polls

    • If you’ve voted in New Mexico before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote. 
    • If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn’t include a copy of ID when you registered, you will need to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include: photo ID; student ID card; ID issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo; or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address. 
    • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. 

Elections aren’t just about who votes, but who doesn’t vote.

–Michelle Obama

Other Resources

  • More than ever before, young voters are poised to make an impact in this election. The Student Voting Guide provides information about the issues on the ballot and voting guidelines and resources.
  • Due to Covid and other crises, volunteerism at election polling places is down. Help staff your local polling place through these resources: Power the Polls, Work Elections, Civil Alliance
  • Download free ready-to-print VOTE! flyers and postcards designed by  Lena Wolff Studio and Lexi Visco.
  • VoteBCorp.com is a voter activation hub powered by VotePlus10. It links directly to non-partisan partners that helps individuals quickly register to vote, volunteer at the polls, research the issues, and recruit others to join them!

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