National Voter Registration Day: Take the First Step to Build a Better Democracy and Better Communities

September 22, 2021

The right to vote is under attack. Efforts are underway across the country to make it more difficult to vote, especially for people of color who rely on extended voting hours, polling locations that are open on Sundays, and the ability to vote without having to present photo identification.

You can register to vote in California any time, but you must be registered by specific dates to participate in certain elections. For example, you need to be registered by May 23, 2022, to participate in the statewide primary election. However, while it is important to be aware of any voter registration deadlines, all eligible people can register to vote at any time.

September is also the month where organization throughout the country celebrate National Voter Registration Day, which is on September 28 this year. It’s important that you register to vote or verify that your information is correct and up to date. If you are already registered to vote, encourage your friends and family who are eligible to do the same. 

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What’s at stake

Your vote is your voice on serious issues affecting housing, education, employment, climate change, and health care as well as electing leaders that will champion these agendas. 

Statistics from the Census Bureau show that of the 11.4 million eligible Latinos in California, only 5.1 million are currently registered to vote. If every eligible Latino registered to vote, it would create a massive voting block with the ability to influence important issues and drive change. 

Often, hugely impactful legislation can succeed or fail based on a small number of votes. For example, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 was passed in Congress by a razor thin 51-49% margin, with 219 ‘Aye’ votes vs. 212 ‘No’s.

That’s why when it comes to voting for local, state, congressional, and even federal leaders, every vote matters. It’s important during elections to learn about the measures and the candidates. If you don’t vote others will be electing leaders for you, that can make all the difference between an important law passing or failing. Laws that impact our everyday lives and communities.

It’s also your tax dollars at work. In some cases, voters can vote on bonds and certain measures which impact how taxes are spent. Through your vote you can have a say on local measures to determine how those tax dollars are put to work. For example, to maintain public parks or fund school construction projects. 

The pandemic has created significant challenges for voters of color throughout the nation as polling places and voter registration sites became less accessible and we saw the rapid spread of disinformation in our communities. Fortunately, we’ve also seen increased participation rates across the board. This is proof that our community, even when faced with the challenges and devastation of a global pandemic, have felt significantly empowered to make their voices heard. 

As we head into important elections in 2022 and 2024, AltaMed is steadfast in our commitment to help ensure that patients and our surrounding communities are registered, informed, and empowered to vote. 

On Thursday, September 30, AltaMed is hosting a National Voter Registration Day webinar where panelists will discuss voter engagement efforts and how to combat misinformation as we prepare for the 2022 midterm elections.

To register for the webinar, click here

Register

To find whether you are registered to vote, how to register to vote, and information about what is on your ballot, visit the League of Women Voters bilingual informational website – vote411.org or call NALEO Educational Fund’s bilingual voter information hotline at (888) VE-Y-VOTA. Remember that in the state of California registering to vote is easy, safe, and you can do it online!
 

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Know How Redistricting Affects Your Vote, in Every Election

June 08, 2021

It seems like one election cycle ends only for another one to begin. It can be exhausting to keep up with all the candidates, issues, and the deadlines for registering and voting.

But Democracy only works when we are all included in the process. We must participate at every level, not just when voting, but by staying informed on how issues like redistricting strongly affect representation and the power of our vote.

Every 10 years, after every census, California redraws the maps for its congressional and state legislative districts. This is a very political process. The new maps should reflect the population changes over the last 10 years, but too often the process becomes politicized catering to special interests and not our communities. Luckily, in the state of California district lines are drawn through a Redistricting Commission process, which will allow for a public input process from our communities.

Knowing how this process works is just as important as knowing about the local, statewide, primary, and general elections that affect your day to day life.

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Redistricting and the Future of Voting

When underrepresented communities monitor and are informed on how the redistricting process can affect their representation, they have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice who will voice their needs and interests. It can have long-term effects on the types of candidates who run for office, funding, and other issues. Awareness of how some political movements try to exclude minority groups is the first step to motivating our friends and family to participate as much as we can.

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Even More at Stake

California’s shrinking population has cost the state a seat in Congress. Redistricting will determine which member of the House of Representatives from California will lose their seat. You have a chance to weigh in by providing public comment and helping to mobilize others to participate in the political process. You have the power to make sure your concerns and needs are represented by the candidates who would be able to run in future elections.

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If You Can Vote, Vote in Every Single Election

National elections capture so much attention, but local and statewide elections affect where you live, and can have a greater impact on your day-to-day life. That’s why it is important to educate yourself on the candidates and the issues to make an informed decision.

Your vote is truly your voice, allowing you to support causes and candidates that advance your interests. Voting is a way to help secure the best possible future for generations to come, including access to education, care, and more opportunities.

Undocumented immigrants, while vital members of our communities, cannot vote either and your vote could help improve their lives. Though you may not get the chance to vote directly on matters of citizenship and immigration, the elected officials you elect can advocate for immigration reform, more humane treatment of undocumented individuals, and stronger protections for immigrants and their families.

Make Sure Your Registration Is Current

You can check your registration status, get election notifications and reminders, or find resources to help you register and look up your voting options on the AltaMed site myvotemyhealth.org/vote. Remember that if you have moved, changed your party affiliation, or have had a name change its important to register again. Registering online is convenient, safe, and secure.

You can also contact your county registrar for more voting information by visiting:

Los Angeles County — lavote.net/home/voting-elections or calling (800) 815-2665

Orange County — ocvote.com or calling (714) 567-7600

If you live outside of these two counties, you can get more information year round on both local and federal elections anywhere in the country by calling NALEO Educational Fund’s bilingual voter information hotline at (888) VE-Y-VOTA (839-8682).

Vote and Grow Healthy: Why Your Health, Community, and Future Depends on It

August 14, 2020

NOTE: It’s so important to understand what you are voting about. AltaMed has guides with information about the propositions on the upcoming ballot here and here. Voting is already underway, so read up, take notes, and be sure to vote early.

If you live in Los Angeles county, click here for a list of AltaMed locations where you can vote early in person or drop off your ballot.

Orange County voters can drop off their ballot at AltaMed Medical and Dental Group – Santa Ana, Main.

You may be wondering, “What does voting have to do with my health?”

In a nutshell, EVERYTHING. Voting is critical to ensuring access to health care and protecting the rights of everyone, including immigrants and the undocumented, women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other members of society who have been historically marginalized or overlooked.

If You Can Vote, Vote in Every Single Election

Section 1

Unfortunately, even those who can vote usually only cast their ballots in the big contests, often ignoring local races and ballot measures. Yes, the presidential election has a big impact on our lives (especially this year), but so do all of the other elections.

For example, in the November election, Californians will vote on a proposition that would increase rent control/rent stabilization protections but cut into the state’s revenue. Whether or not the proposition passes, the outcome affects millions of Californians.

Even elections for city offices and positions on a school board can have a big impact on our daily lives and the health of our communities. So, if you can vote, educate yourself on the choices and participate in every election.

Vote Because Not Everyone Can

Your vote is like a voice, allowing you to support causes and candidates that advance your interests. However, many people in this country don’t have a voice. For example, our children! Voting is a way to help secure the best possible future for generations to come, including access to education, care, and more opportunities.

Immigrants and undocumented individuals cannot vote either and your vote can help improve their lives. Though you may not get the chance to vote directly on matters of citizenship and immigration, the officials you elect can advocate for immigration reform, more humane treatment of undocumented individuals, and stronger protections for immigrants and their families.

Have a Say Where Your Money Goes

Our tax dollars are used to fund many important public projects, such as improvements to mass transit and roads, protecting our environment, and expanding access to social services. But not all projects benefit everyone, and some can be controversial. Another initiative in this November’s election would fund stem cell research, which conflicts with some people’s religious beliefs, while others believe this research is important for future medical treatments. If you don’t vote, you don’t have any say in where your taxes go.

People Worked Hard for You to Have a Voice

Section 2

This year, we mark the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in the United States. Black people have only had the right to vote in America since 1965. Even though these rights have been established with amendments to the Constitution, there are many politicians who are trying to chip away at these rights and make it harder to vote. You can keep voting rights alive by exercising them as often as you can.

It’s Safe and It’s Never Been Easier

Section 3

Governor Newsom worked with the state legislature to make sure all registered California voters receive a vote-by-mail ballot. His office is working with local leaders, all over the state, to make sure that anyone who wants to, can access safe and secure in-person voting.

Vote by mail ballots will be mailed out on October 5. Voting by mail is easy, safe, and reliable. You can even track your ballot at every step at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to make sure your vote is counted accurately and on-time.

Make Sure Your Registration is Current

In partnership with Vote.org, we have digital resources to help you get registered, check your registration status online, or get election notifications and reminders. These tools are all available at myvotemyhealth.org/vote. They are convenient, instant, safe, and secure. We always protect your privacy. You can also download the My Vote. My Health. app to learn more about voting and advocacy opportunities.

To stay on top of the important issues and learn more about how important your vote is, follow our Town Hall YouTube playlist. Each Town Hall features a panel of experts and lively, informative conversations – our latest one features the work we’ve done with the My Vote. My Health. Initiative. Together, we can drive important changes for our communities. Let’s make that difference.

For more information about voting in the November 3 General Election, including questions about the status of your Vote-by-Mail ballot, contact your county Registrar:

Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office

(800) 815-2666

votebymail@rrcc.lacounty.gov

Orange County Registrar of Voters

(714) 567-7600

rovwebmaster@rov.ocgov.com