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Information on the Upcoming California Recall Election, Including How LightHouse Volunteers Can Provide Support

Information on the Upcoming California Recall Election, Including How LightHouse Volunteers Can Provide Support

Attention all California voters: The California Gubernatorial Recall Election has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 14. This election will decide whether the California state governor, Gavin Newsom, should be removed from office before his official term ends.

Registered voters in California began receiving a vote-by-mail ballot in August. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and would like support completing your vote-by-mail ballot, LightHouse volunteers are here to help. All LightHouse volunteers will ensure that you can exercise your right to vote.

If you would like to request a volunteer to support you in completing your ballot, please email volunteer@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7320. Please request your volunteer support no later than Wednesday, September 8.

Important Gubernatorial Recall Election Information

If you have recently registered to vote, you may not have received a vote-by-mail ballot. You have until September 7 to request a vote-by-mail ballot. All vote-by-mail ballots must have your signature on the return envelope and be dropped off at a voting precinct or at an official 24-hour voting drop box by September 14. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than September 14.

Read information on vote-by-mail ballots and how to apply for one from the California Secretary of State’s website.

Vote In Person

To vote in person and learn more about accessible in-person voting please contact your county election office to find your voting precinct. Here’s a complete list of the election offices for all California counties.

Remote Accessible Vote-By-Mail (RABVM)

You may be able to vote from home using accessible technology with the Remote Accessible Vote-By-Mail system. You will need to print your ballot and put it in a vote-by-mail envelope or your own envelope. After you sign the envelope you will need to mail the ballot or drop it off at a voting precinct or at an official 24-hour voting drop box by September 14. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than September 14.

Important Links & Phone Number

 

Find out more about the Gubernatorial Recall Election from the California Secretary of State website.
Recall Election Frequently Asked Questions
KQED: How to Fill Out Your Recall Ballot and How to Correct a Mistake
Ballotpedia Information about the Recall

You can also call the California Secretary of State’s Voter Hotline at 1-800-345-8683.

Now here’s your roundup of upcoming classes and activities happening at the LightHouse in September. Keep visiting our online calendar as more are being added all the time.

Time to Celebrate: Missed Our Panel on Accessible Voting? Now’s Your Chance to Watch

Time to Celebrate: Missed Our Panel on Accessible Voting? Now’s Your Chance to Watch

Voting during a pandemic is on everyone’s mind as some are registering to vote while others have begun receiving their ballots. Blind people have the added concern of getting information and being able to vote in an accessible format.

To that end, on October 2, we held a panel all about accessible voting to address these national concerns with four speakers, all experienced in advocating for voting rights for people who are blind or have low vision.

Our panelists were:

Eve Hill, Disability Rights attorney acting on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind
Michelle Bishop, Voter Access & Engagement Manager, National Disability Rights Network
Ardis Bazyn, California Council of the Blind
Claire Stanley, American Council of the Blind

Here are some voting resources:

Disability Rights California Voters with Disabilities Page
National Federation of the Blind’s Voting, Accessibility, and the Law
National Federation of the Blind’s Voting Resources
Voter Bill of Rights