Make This Year's Current Mail and In-Person Voting Permanent for Future Elections

by Mike Young

Make This Year's Current Mail and In-Person Voting Permanent for Future Elections

As a hectic election season comes to a close, we wanted to thank you for your partnership in expanding and strengthening our democracy this year.

During this election cycle, CLCV led numerous efforts to create a safe and participatory voting process truly representative of our state. We spearheaded the campaign which led to Governor Newsom requiring every Californian received a vote-by-mail ballot. We kept the pressure on as your votes came in to ensure every vote was counted. And although we are saddened Proposition 18 did not pass, we were proud to find success in Prop 17- restoring the right to vote for more than 50,000 Californians on parole!

We still firmly believe in the power of an inclusive democracy, and will continue this fight for future voters.

Prop 18 would allow first-time voters the right to participate in the full election cycle if they were eligible to vote in the general election. 18 states plus Washington, D.C. have allowed those under 18 to vote in primaries as long as they’re of age come November. While we weren’t successful this year, we have laid the groundwork and will continue the work. Engaging young people in the political process, removing barriers and providing more opportunities, are key to a healthy democracy.

Your vote has the power to transform our political system, elect environmental champions, and make bold climate action possible.

Senate Bill 423, alongside Assembly Bill 860 jointly addressed historic issues of access and equity at the ballot this past election. These two bills laid out critical protections to ensure voting would be safe, secure, and accessible. We celebrated the Secretary of State and Governor Newsom for swiftly passing and implementing this legislation- fully funding in-person voting locations, universal vote-by-mail options, and a robust voter education program.

The passing of these laws greatly impacted California’s election results, as more voters participated in this election than ever before. That is why we need you to sign the petition to make this year’s current mail and in-person voting options permanent for future elections.

It’s clear- when we fight for an electoral process that is fair and equal, our democracy is stronger. This is just the beginning.

Posted on November 18, 2020 in ECOVOTE BLOG.

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