Mayor: Get Ready to Vote

Mayor: Get Ready to Vote

Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tim Dupuis and Alameda City Clerk Lara Weisiger joined my Sept. 18 Mayor’s Town Hall via Zoom and Facebook Live to discuss the many ways Alameda County voters can cast their ballots this November. You can view this and other Town Halls at www.youtube.com/cityofalameda. Every registered voter in California will receive a ballot in the mail beginning Monday, Oct. 5. If you haven’t received your ballot by Monday, Oct. 12, contact the Registrar of Voters at www.acvote.org.

Return your completed ballot starting Oct. 5 at one of three drop-box locations in Alameda: the Oak Street side of City Hall, College of Alameda and outside the Bay Farm Branch Library. For more information visit www.acgov.org/rovapps/maps/ballotdropbox_map.htm

Or mail your completed ballot in the envelope provided. No postage is required, but the envelope must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, or earlier and reach the Registrar’s office within 17 days after the election to be counted.

Be sure to sign and date the Voter’s Declaration on the return envelope. You can track your vote-by-mail ballot — when it is mailed, received and counted — through the County by signing up at www.acvote.ballottrax.net or the Secretary of State at www.WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, text or voice notifications about your ballot.

If you want to vote in person, traditional polling places are being replaced by Accessible Voting Locations (AVL), which are larger spaces that allow COVID-19 social distancing and offer drive-through, curbside or indoor electronic voting. All equipment is sanitized after every user, and voters who vote inside will be asked to wear masks.

AVLs will be open from Saturday, Oct. 31, to Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. There are six Alameda locations:

South Shore Center
Gracepoint Church Alameda on Harbor Bay
Almanac Beer Company at Alameda Point
Lincoln Middle School
Island High School
Alameda High School.

Alameda County voters can also vote at any AVL in the county. Locations will be listed at www.acvote.org/go after ballots are mailed. Both Dupuis and Weisiger urge you to vote before Election Day, if possible. We’re seeing a record number of registered voters this year — 51,000 in Alameda so far. Casting your vote early will help take the pressure off the Registrar of Voters on Election Day.

Remembering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneering figure in the fight for women’s and others’ legal equality. She helped make the phrase in our Constitution — “We the People” — more inclusive. Similar to another pioneering Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, she took an incrementalist approach to major change, saying, “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” We must all be part of the real, enduring change that needs to happen in our society. Be sure to vote.

Good news on the COVID front: We’re finally seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases. Alameda County has been categorized in the most restrictive purple tier because of high county-wide case numbers, but for the last two weeks, our new cases per day and test positivity rate have declined significantly.

Hospitalizations and ICU admissions are also down, and the county’s supply of personal protective equipment for the next 30 days is good. If we can lower these numbers, Alameda County can enter the red tier where more businesses will be allowed to reopen, and schools will move closer to resuming in-person instruction.

We must maintain the vigilance that got us to this point. Please wear your mask whenever you leave home, wash your hands frequently and maintain 6 feet of physical distance from anyone who doesn’t live in your household!

Get ready for a different Halloween
It’s really scary to think about a resurgence of COVID-19 that could occur if large crowds of people fill our streets for Trick or Treat. The County public health officer’s office is expected to issue guidelines for safely celebrating Halloween soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Be safe! Be smart! Be Alameda Strong!