When is Election Day 2020 (US Presidential)?

The U.S Presidential Election day is November 3rd. 

How do I register to Vote in California?

If you want to register to vote in California, Click HERE 

When do I have to register to vote?

You have until OCTOBER 20th to Register online to vote.

BUT,

If you want to register or re-register to vote any day after October 20th, you’ll have to do “Same Day Voter Registration” aka “Conditional Voter Registration.” Which basically means, you’ll have to go in-person to either a county office or polling location to go through the registration process and get your ballot. Learn more/lookup close locations HERE

I waited until the last minute to vote, what do I do?

If you waited until the last minute and you need to find somewhere to physically vote at ON election day (November 3, 2020), then use the search tool on THIS page to find the closest polling location for your tardy self. 

If you want to vote early or drop off your ballot at a secure location nearby, click HERE

*Remember your mail-in/absentee vote must be postmarked by November 3rd.

How to Vote in the 2020 Elections

2020 California Ballot Measures and Selections

In California, there are 12 statewide ballot propositions and, depending on your county, many other county-level propositions. That being said, I will only cover the state-wide propositions and those for the counties of San Diego and Orange in this article.

Ballot measures can be strategically misleading… and that’s why I’m here to help. Voting is not only your civic duty and obligation but also, your right. Remember, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. So let’s be vigilant AF as we continue to defend our rights and fight to reclaim the freedoms that were taken from us. 

I have spent innumerable hours researching candidates, propositions, and measures so you don’t have to. You can trust me. Again, I did my best to cut through all of the misleading rhetoric to make choices that would treat people fairly and make sense economically/environmentally, and universally.

Below you will find my suggestions on how to vote this upcoming NOVEMBER 3rd. This is what my ballot looks like… and I encourage you to have yours look the same. * I’ve included very concise explanations next to each ballot measure and chosen representative as to what it means and why I chose the representative I did. Please understand, I kept these as brief as possible to keep this article to the point – My reasons and explanations for each candidate and measure can be expanded far greater.*

Without further adieu…

Here’s a video version you can watch if you prefer that:

If not, keep reading below my friend.

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITIONS

Prop 14   YES 

Request to continue to fund stem cell research by borrowing more money

A YES vote on Prop 14 means supporting stem cell research (the money will go towards funding research, building new facilities, and medical training). Stem cell research helps on the mission to develop cures for ailments and diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, strokes, epilepsy, and many other nervous system ailments. However, money generated from it should go towards public good and unfortunately, the money looks like it’ll go back into the pockets of giant companies, rather than paying back these big bonds.  

Prop 15   YES 

Increase property taxes for big commercial real estate owners (split roll)

A YES vote on Prop 15 means supporting schools and local governments by having giant corporations begin to pay their fair share in property taxes… something they haven’t had to do for many many years. And by big I mean places like Disneyland and Universal Studios. 

Prop 16   YES 

Restore Affirmative Action

A YES vote on Prop 16 is one way to begin to address the systemic inequality that exists within the fields of universities and government offices. Since affirmative action was banned back in the 1990’s, we saw a plunge in admission rates for Black, Latino, and Native American students within the UC system. 2 The idea in restoring affirmative action would be to give universities and government agencies the ability to acknowledge the underrepresented groups and consider their race, ethnicity, and gender in the process as a means to create a greater degree of equality.

Prop 17  YES 

Allowing Parolees to Vote (and potentially run for office if certain conditions are met)

A YES vote on Prop 17 means many things. I’ll break it down like this:

Prop 17 allows Parolees to vote. (A parolee is a person who has been released from prison on parole. And parole is basically a set of conditions in which the individual has to abide by to remain out of prison. Furthermore, parole can exist for different time frames depending on the crime and although it’s generally no more than 5 years, it can last a lifetime). 3 Just for reference, people who serve sentences in county jails can already vote (unless they are being transferred to prison or are serving time for a parole violation). And in Vermont and Maine people can vote while still in prison. So why vote Yes? Quite simply: people who have completed prison sentences deserve the ability to contribute to the democratic process of which they are very much a part of. 

Prop 18  YES 

Allow Certain 17-year-old’s the Right to Vote

A YES vote on Prop 18 gives 17-year-olds the right to vote IF they will be 18 by the time of the next general election. 

*19 other states (plus Washinton D.C) already allow this. It could help increase voter interest and participation among younger voters (a hugely important group of people who have had historically low numbers in terms of voter turnout and frankly involvement in the democratic and political processes as a whole).*

Prop 19  YES 

Give CA Residents 55+ Property Tax Break

A YES vote on Prop 19 helps baby boomers by giving them a tax break AND addressing a problematic loophole surrounding inherited rental properties. Also, local governments, schools, and firefighters would all benefit from the new tax revenue. Plus, people who inherit real property do not need more help!

Prop 20  NO 

Increased Penalties for Certain Crimes

vote NO on Prop 20. Prop 20 Increases penalties for certain crimes (ie: some misdemeanors like theft and fraud may become felonies), reduces inmate ability to be released on parole, and requires DNA collection for certain people convicted of theft, drug, and domestic violence. And the last thing we need is more people in prison and without an avenue to turn their life around. It will further stimulate mass incarceration. If someone continually repeats a crime, let’s say “stealing,” for example—that is definitely a problem. But in my eyes, increasing the penalty for stealing in this manner might not be an effective solution to that problem… and it certainly isn’t helpful to the problem of mass incarceration. It didn’t make things better when we implemented these types of strategies in the early 1990’s, so why would we do that again now?

Prop 21  YES 

Rent Control

A YES vote on Prop 21 gives cities and counties the ability to impose rent control for certain residential properties that are over 15 years old.

Prop 22  NO 

Gig Economy “Benefits”

vote NO on Prop 22. Prop 22 aims to exempt companies like Uber and Lyft from a new law in place that makes them treat their workers as employees. Quite simply: workers in the gig economy (especially those who work for Uber and Lyft) DESERVE the benefits such as overtime pay, healthcare, workers comp, paid sick days, etc etc etc. These companies have framed this as though it’s in the interest of works and it’s simply erroneous to make that claim. They would offer a seriously reduced benefit scheme. Vote No.

Prop 23  YES 

Increase Kidney Dialysis Clinic Requirements

A YES vote on Prop 23 means more regulations for companies that seriously seem to need them. 

Prop 23 increases certain requirements for Kidney Dialysis Clinics such as:

  1. Requires the clinic to have at least one physician present at all times
  2. Requires a report of the infection data to the state
  3. Requires approval from the state department before shutting down a facility AND prohibits discrimination based on insurance type

Big dialysis companies need these regulations! It creates a sense of accountability on the companies and motivation to do right and frankly do better. (There’s a reason why these big companies have poured over $100 million dollars into trying to create a case against it). Dont. Let. Them. Win. Again. It’s not right.

Prop 24  YES 

Increase Data Privacy

Prop 24 basically blocks certain aspects (and limits others) with regards to the control that companies can have over our data (ie: what information they get to keep, who they get to sell it to, how long they keep it, etc). It also increases penalties for violations of children’s privacy. A YES vote on Prop 24 means more restrictions and regulations for data privacy… and that seems like a good thing to me.

Prop 25  YES 

Getting rid of Cash Bail

Right now, the laws are structured in a way that favors the wealthy: If you have money to get out on bail, you get out…. If you don’t, you don’t. (And many other things are associated with that privilege but I want to keep these short). Prop 25 aims to remove the cash bail system and replace it with an algorithm that will determine who is more likely to be a flight risk.

The cash bail system is shitty and unfair. It has to go. That being said, I could see potential problems with this but overall, I am hopeful that WITH OUR CONTINUED INVOLVEMENT, it could be a step in the right direction: A direction that doesn’t favor those who can afford to pay bail vs those who can’t. So I say, vote YES (with the understanding that we are going to really have to pay attention to how these algorithms are created and who it serves to favor!)

CALIFORNIA STATE OFFICE

SAN DIEGO

U.S Representative 50th District:

AMMAR CAMPA-NAJJAR

Ammar Campa-Najjar

*Model looks aside, this dude is pretty righteous (I wrote about him in the 2018 midterms… and he lost by a teeny, tiny 4%…. To a guy “Duncan Hunter” who wound up doing some corrupt things and because of those corrupt things (misappropriation of campaign funds… including spending money on many things involving allegedly many women… OTHER than his wife… but she admitted to spending campaign funds too, so she’s not impervious) – he pleaded guilty and had to resign…. But that’s great because now, IF EVERYONE VOTES, we can have Ammar.

*Worth mentioning: Najjar said some comments recently in an interview that could be interpreted as him being more moderate than he’s projected in the past.. However: here’s how I view his statements (and follow up interviews where he addresses those statements): We in the 50th district live in a hub that has some heavy conservative interests, therefore, it’s in his best interest to appeal to those voters. I believe he is going to be an important liberal cause for change overall. 

Member of the State Assembly 75th District:

KAREN KATE SCHWARTZ

Judge of the Superior Court:

Office No. 18 — ROBERTA WINSTON

Office No. 22 — ALANA WONG ROBINSON

Office No. 30 — TIM NADER

Office No. 36 — SHAWN A. MCMILLAN

ORANGE COUNTY

US Representative 48th District:

HARLEY ROUDA

Harley Rouda

State Senator 37th District:

DAVE MIN

Dave Min

Currently: UC Irvine law professor
Age: Unavailable
Campaign fundraising: $504,576 (reporting period from Jan. 1, 2019, to Jan. 18, 2020)
Endorsements include: Reps. Ted Lieu, Gil Cisneros, Pete Aguilar, Judy Chu, Alan Lowenthal and Scott Peters; California Controller Betty Yee; California Federation of Teachers; California Teachers Assn.; California League of Conservation Voters; Korean American Democratic Committee; Asian Americans in Action; Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Min is again throwing his hat in the political ring after losing a bid for Congress in 2018. Previously, he served as policy director at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, and as a congressional advisor. A resident of Irvine, he attended Harvard Law School.

Member of the State Assembly 74th District:

COTTIE PETRIE-NORRIS

OVERVIEW/SUMMARY

Here is the final review of all of the aforementioned 

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITIONS

Prop 14   YES

Prop 15   YES

Prop 16    YES

Prop 17    YES

Prop 18   YES

Prop 19    YES

Prop 20    NO

Prop 21    YES  

Prop 22    NO

Prop 23    YES

Prop 24    YES

Prop 25    YES

OFFICES

U.S. Representative 50th District:     AMMAR CAMPA-NAJJAR

US Representative 48th District:  HARLEY ROUDA

State Senator 37th District: DAVE MIN

Member of the State Assembly 75th District:  KAREN KATE SCHWARTZ

Member of the State Assembly 74th District: COTTIE PETRIE-NORRIS

Judge of the Superior Court:

Office No. 18 — ROBERTA WINSTON

Office No. 22 — ALANA WONG ROBINSON

Office No. 30 — TIM NADER

Office No. 36 — SHAWN A. MCMILLAN

To abstain from politics is to abstain from all of it…

Your rights. Your representation. Your freedom. Your nation.”

Marchesa Schroeder

Remember:

The truth is, we all want the same things:

To treat ourselves, each other, and the world well… We are all human beings.

To have each other’s backs and to look out for one another..

To vigilantly demand facts and condemn anything other.

To make sure everyone receives the healthcare they need,

Because healthcare should not be a money making scheme

**If you live in a different state or county and have questions or want help in deciding who or what to vote for, feel free to send me a message and I’ll throw up an article or give you a quick breakdown! **

*I will only send you things you're interested in... Ain't nobody got time for spammy email ish!