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All Contra Costa voters to receive mail-in ballots for Nov. 3 election

Elections Department launches informational campaign for residents new to vote-by-mail

To promote effective and safe voting among residents, the Contra Costa County Elections Department has begun the process of sending mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election to every county voter.

Initiated as a part of an executive order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, county officials said the move was approved by the governor as a part of the state's plan to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

County officials did note, however, that they will still have physical voting locations and 40 drop-off boxes. They also said that since 560,000 individuals, more than 75% of regional voters, already vote by mail, only a minority of residents will be affected.

“Elections and the right to vote are foundational to our democracy,” Governor Newsom said after issuing the order in May. “No Californian should be forced to risk their health in order to exercise their right to vote. Mail-in ballots aren’t a perfect solution for every person, and I look forward to our public health experts and the Secretary of State’s and the Legislature’s continued partnership to create safer in-person opportunities for Californians who aren’t able to vote by mail.”

To keep residents aware of the changes, Contra Costa County elections officials have reached out to residents who typically do not vote by mail with an informative "direct mail piece" explaining the process.

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Voters who receive this mailing can help ensure their vote gets counted by updating their signature on file -- if necessary -- by signing and returning the postage paid postcard.

“While very few ballots are not counted because of unmatched signatures, we want voters to update their signature we have on file, if they believe their signature has changed.” Debi Cooper, Contra Costa County's Clerk-Recorder-Registrar, said in a statement. “We want to be sure every ballot can be counted.”

All voters should also check their registration status and address on the county's elections website www.cocovote.us or on the Californian Secretary of State’s website www.sos.ca.gov to ensure they receive their ballot.

County officials also advise residents that ballots can not be forwarded to an address not listed as a voter's primary residents.

After a resident sends in their ballot, they can follow the status of their vote and track their ballot by signing up for notifications at www.wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.

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“I voted” stickers will be included with every vote-by-mail ballot for this election and return postage is prepaid. Voters may also return their ballots at the 40 ballot drop boxes located throughout the county.

Vote-by-mail ballots are delivered to voters by the United States Postal Service 29 days before the election, with the exception of military and overseas voters who are sent ballots 45 days before the election.

Residents can learn more about the vote-by-mail process in Contra Costa County online at

www.cocovote.us.

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All Contra Costa voters to receive mail-in ballots for Nov. 3 election

Elections Department launches informational campaign for residents new to vote-by-mail

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 12:00 pm

To promote effective and safe voting among residents, the Contra Costa County Elections Department has begun the process of sending mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election to every county voter.

Initiated as a part of an executive order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, county officials said the move was approved by the governor as a part of the state's plan to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

County officials did note, however, that they will still have physical voting locations and 40 drop-off boxes. They also said that since 560,000 individuals, more than 75% of regional voters, already vote by mail, only a minority of residents will be affected.

“Elections and the right to vote are foundational to our democracy,” Governor Newsom said after issuing the order in May. “No Californian should be forced to risk their health in order to exercise their right to vote. Mail-in ballots aren’t a perfect solution for every person, and I look forward to our public health experts and the Secretary of State’s and the Legislature’s continued partnership to create safer in-person opportunities for Californians who aren’t able to vote by mail.”

To keep residents aware of the changes, Contra Costa County elections officials have reached out to residents who typically do not vote by mail with an informative "direct mail piece" explaining the process.

Voters who receive this mailing can help ensure their vote gets counted by updating their signature on file -- if necessary -- by signing and returning the postage paid postcard.

“While very few ballots are not counted because of unmatched signatures, we want voters to update their signature we have on file, if they believe their signature has changed.” Debi Cooper, Contra Costa County's Clerk-Recorder-Registrar, said in a statement. “We want to be sure every ballot can be counted.”

All voters should also check their registration status and address on the county's elections website www.cocovote.us or on the Californian Secretary of State’s website www.sos.ca.gov to ensure they receive their ballot.

County officials also advise residents that ballots can not be forwarded to an address not listed as a voter's primary residents.

After a resident sends in their ballot, they can follow the status of their vote and track their ballot by signing up for notifications at www.wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.

“I voted” stickers will be included with every vote-by-mail ballot for this election and return postage is prepaid. Voters may also return their ballots at the 40 ballot drop boxes located throughout the county.

Vote-by-mail ballots are delivered to voters by the United States Postal Service 29 days before the election, with the exception of military and overseas voters who are sent ballots 45 days before the election.

Residents can learn more about the vote-by-mail process in Contra Costa County online at

www.cocovote.us.

Comments

Dalen
Registered user
Danville
on Aug 6, 2020 at 6:39 am
Dalen, Danville
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on Aug 6, 2020 at 6:39 am
23 people like this

Mail in ballots = voter fraud - ccc check out NY to see how fraudulent their primary was and still is - what a bunch of liberal crap aka BS


cathy247
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Alamo
on Aug 6, 2020 at 8:15 am
cathy247, Alamo
Registered user
on Aug 6, 2020 at 8:15 am
4 people like this

I was afraid of the "prepaid postage" WHY?? If one wants their vote to count by mail walk yourself or have someone else buy you a damn stamp!!


Danville Resident
Registered user
Danville
on Aug 6, 2020 at 10:24 am
Danville Resident, Danville
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on Aug 6, 2020 at 10:24 am
16 people like this

Hooray! Over 75% of county residents vote by mail already. Thank you, Contra Costa County for streamlining the process and automatically providing it to everyone as the default. Those who wish to vote in person can still do so. This is good for everyone.


Parent and Voter
Registered user
Danville
on Aug 6, 2020 at 9:09 pm
Parent and Voter, Danville
Registered user
on Aug 6, 2020 at 9:09 pm
16 people like this

I will be voting and will be using one of the drop off boxes... as usual.
A 25 percent increase in mail-in ballots may sound "small" but it is 140,000 extra ballots that would need to be handled. Expand that by the numbers elsewhere in our nation and it has the potential for things to go wrong or at the very least results to be delayed for weeks.


Judith Craddick
Registered user
Danville
on Aug 24, 2020 at 9:32 am
Judith Craddick, Danville
Registered user
on Aug 24, 2020 at 9:32 am
10 people like this

This is a terrible idea. We already have enough “voter fraud” without making it even easier, i.e. dead people, illegal aliens, etc.. First, who is “every county voter” to whom the ballots will be sent??? Just because a name is on some list doesn’t make that person a “legal voter.” Also why is the “return vote” postage paid by the state or county??? With taxes being increased at every turn — right now CCCty is imposing a new sales tax — that’s an unnecessary added expense.


Senor Citizen
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Danville
on Aug 25, 2020 at 8:23 am
Senor Citizen, Danville
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on Aug 25, 2020 at 8:23 am
14 people like this

Voter fraud is another fear-based lie of a claim, without evidence. Period.

The only real objection to expanded voting rights is that a significant majority of new voters will vote Democratic. Period.

They have ample reason. Period.

Full stop.


Rick
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Danville
on Aug 26, 2020 at 8:36 am
Rick, Danville
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on Aug 26, 2020 at 8:36 am
5 people like this

First: How did Gov Gav arrogate the plenary power to deem the use of State-wide mail-in ballots? Without the legislature sponsoring/ratification of the "plan", how is it legal? Another in the classic-California, “let’s try this and see what happens” governing style.

So, proponents of mail-in voting believe that counties and states where there is limited, reasonably regulated absentee/mail-in voting can handle the inflow of ballots. Consider: from 1996 to 2016, absentee/mail-in voting increased from 7.8% to nearly 21%, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the Census Bureau’s voter supplement data. That’s less than 1 point p/yr and includes states like OR and WA where close to 100% mail-in voting has been in place for two decades. Add another 80% of ballots cast by mail with less than 6 months to prepare. Fraud will be the least of our concerns. Too bad President Trump didn’t recommend mail-in voting - - the idea would never get traction.

Consider: voters op in for mail-in (by making application) or vote in-person, as in the past. In-person votes cast over 6 days, voters with birthdays in Jan and Feb vote day one, and so forth.

Speaking with Jennifer Palmieri (8-24-20) for Showtime's "The Circus,", Hillary’s advice: “Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because I think this is going to drag out,"


dand d
Registered user
Danville
on Aug 26, 2020 at 1:58 pm
dand d, Danville
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on Aug 26, 2020 at 1:58 pm
12 people like this

Can one of you wise people please explain to me why the post office can pretty much deliver the huge amount of Holiday mail and packages on time while we are being told that our ballots, which are much less in volume, will overwhelm the post office?


Senor Citizen
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Danville
on Aug 27, 2020 at 6:27 am
Senor Citizen, Danville
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on Aug 27, 2020 at 6:27 am
9 people like this

For the residents outraged (OUTraged, I say) that the ballots will come with stamps, kindly post your mailing addresses here.

I will send you a nice, shiny first-class stamp to reward your sacrifice in the cause of our American democracy.


Rick
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Danville
on Aug 27, 2020 at 7:50 am
Rick, Danville
Registered user
on Aug 27, 2020 at 7:50 am
1 person likes this

To: dand d & Senor Citizen - I direct your attention to the almost certain debacle of the mail-in voting process that has little (but not 'noth'in') to do with the Post Office. The PO is what's called a "MacGuffin", the trigger of a movie plot. The epicenter of the pending debacle with be at the county/state level where outdated and faulty voter roles initiate the problems, the a la débandade, if you will (who does/doesn't get a ballot). The same ineptocracies attempt to work through the cruft of ballot validation then count, by hand, or otherwise, those ballots that remain. It takes no imagination to envision massive delays, monumental uncertainty, interminable litigation and another four years of a disputed presidency. All of which is fundamentally avoidable and functionally unnecessary.


Mary
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San Ramon
on Aug 29, 2020 at 4:41 pm
Mary, San Ramon
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on Aug 29, 2020 at 4:41 pm
5 people like this

I have worked in the polling places for 40 years, and I have heard every excuse why a voter wants to vote but poll workers know they were mailed a mail-in ballot. The voter has lost, misplaced, didn't get, thought it was a sample, made a mistake and threw away, their ballots. Don't be one of those people. You are entitled to only ONE ballot. Treat it with the respect it deserves. If you aren't comfortable with the mail service, drop your ballot in one of the drop boxes and do NOT give it to someone you don't know to do that for you.
As a last resort, you can vote a "provisional" ballot at a polling place. They are the last to be counted and have to be verified by hand after the other ballots are counted.
Also, I'm not sure, but I suspect if you do use a dropbox, I don't think the county is charged for the postage.


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