ELECTIONS 2020

VOTER GUIDE

Election Day is November 3rd

This year isn’t just another election year.

We are at a pivotal moment in the fight for quality public education, for racial, immigrant, economic and environmental justice, and the fight for all working people to have a union and a voice in local and national politics. Who we elect to office matters.

Learn more about the elections our union is involved in, the candidates SEIU Local 99 members have endorsed, and how you can be part of the change.

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Be prepared to vote this November Election! Here are some important dates and information on recent changes that may affect how you vote.

All voters can (and should) vote by mail

On May 18, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order, which orders that all registered voters in California are mailed a vote-by-mail ballot. This means any registered voter may vote using a vote-by-mail ballot instead of going to the polls on Election Day. This order ensures that the November 3, 2020 General Election is held in a manner that is accessible, secure, and safe, while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Ballots will be mailed beginning October 5.

Voting in person and early voting

Safe and accessible in-person voting options will be available, but locations will be limited and may not be at your regular polling place. Additionally, you can vote in person before Election Day. The early voting period runs from October 5, 2020 to November 2, 2020. Dates and hours may vary based on where you live. We recommend you vote by mail – it’s easy, convenient and safe.

Contact-less voting

You can also give your completed and signed mail-in ballot to another person to turn-it in for you. Under a 2016 California law, that person does not have to be a relative or someone living with you.

Track your ballot

The CA Secretary of State has made it easy for you to track when your ballot is mailed, received and counted by signing up at https://california.ballottrax.net/voter.

Register to vote by October 19

Register to vote online at http://registertovote.ca.gov. The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the November 3rd election is October 19, 2020. Note that whether you choose to be a permanent absentee voter or not, you will still receive a vote-by-mail ballot.

Is your voter registration up-to-date?

Check your voter status here. If you’re registered with an old mailing address simply re-register to vote or call 1-800-815-2666, Option 2 to update your information before the October 19 deadline.

More information

For more information on voting by mail in the November 3rd General Election, visit https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail/vbm-nov2020-general-election

Joe Biden & Kamala Harris for U.S. President / Vice President

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will fight alongside us to win Unions for All and make this country safe, free, and fair for all people – regardless of the color of our skin or how much money we have. SEIU members are proud to support Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for VP, and we’re ready to turn our outrage, energy, and hope into votes.

Learn more about our endorsement

Yes on Proposition 15: The Schools & Communities First Funding Act

Proposition 15: The Schools & Communities First Funding Act is a landmark funding measure that—if passed in November—will fix over 40 years of divestment in our public schools and communities. It closes tax loopholes that have allowed big corporations in California to rob schools and communities of over $10-12 billion a year in funding.

Learn more about Prop 15

Scott Schmerelson for LAUSD Board District 3

During these challenging and unprecedented times in public education, we need leaders at LAUSD with the depth and breadth of experience to do what’s best and what’s right for students, parents education workers. With over 30 years of experience in all levels of education, we believe Scott Schmerelson is that leader.

Learn more about Scott

Patricia Castellanos for LAUSD Board District 7

Patricia Castellanos shares our belief that all students should have access to a quality public education – no matter where they live, where they come from, their abilities, or the color of their skin. As a proven community leader, Patricia has a record of fighting for working families and quality public education.

Learn more about Patricia

George Gascón for L.A. District Attorney

The school-to-prison pipeline is an injustice to low-income communities of color. California spends way more money on prisons than on education. Together—with George Gascón, who’s running for Los Angeles District Attorney—we’re saying enough is enough!

Learn More about George

SEIU California Ballot Proposition Recommendations

Throughout 2019, SEIU Members across California gathered at regional town halls to hear about proposed ballot measures and the impact they would have on workers and local communities. At the end of this process, members endorsed initiatives that they believe will help us all move forward or recommended no-votes on measures that would hurt us.

Yes on Prop 15: Schools and Communities First

Yes on Prop 16: Opportunity for All 

Yes on Prop 17: Restore Voting Rights for Parolees    

Yes on Prop 18: Expanding Access to Voting for Young People 

No on Prop 20: Repealing Criminal Justice Reform 

Yes on Prop 21: Rent Control 

No on Prop 22: Eliminating Protection for App-Based Workers         

Yes on Prop 23: Protecting Dialysis Patients 

Yes on Prop 25: Ending Money Bail 

SoCal & Higher Ed Units Board Endorsements

The candidates SEIU Local 99 members have endorsed for our SoCal and Higher Education Bargaining Units have a proven track record of making positive changes for students in their districts, including investing in the student services that are integral to their education. Click/tap the button to see the current endorsements.

Hacienda La Puente Unified

Taro O’Sullivan, Christine Salazar

Los Angeles Community College District

Andra Hoffman, Scott Svonkin, David Vela, Mike Fong

Lynwood Unified

Alma C. Castro, Gary Hardie Jr., Maria G. Lopez

Santa Monica Malibu Unified

Jon Kean, Jennifer Smith, Maria Leon Vasquez

Ventura County Community College District

Bernardo M. Perez, Stan Mantooth

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