The Role of Health Centers in Voter Engagement

Posted: September 24, 2020
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This page contains key information and resources surrounding voter registration activities. The purpose of these resources is to encourage and aid health centers in registering patients to vote, keeping patients informed, and communicating the importance of participation. 

Californians have the option to Vote by Mail (VBM), vote early in-person, or vote in-person on Election Day for the November 3rd General Election.

  • October 5, 2020: VBM ballots mailed to registered voters
  • October 6, 2020: Voting Begins
  • October 19, 2020: Last day to register to vote. Check voter registration status here.
  • November 3, 2020: General Election

Vote by Mail 

All registered voters will receive a VBM ballot to ensure a safe and accessible voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mailing of VBM ballots in all elections begins 29 days prior to Election Day, or October 5. Completed ballots can be submitted by mail, in person at any VBM Drop Box location, and at any Vote Center in LA County. If a ballot is postmarked by Election Day and received within 17 days of the election date, the ballot will be processed, verified, and counted in the election. LA County provides full language service and/or assistance in up to 18 multilingual languages. 

To request your ballot or election materials in another language please call LA County’s Multilingual Services Program at 800-815-2666, option 3. 

How to Track Your Ballot 

Receive personalized text messages, emails, and/or automated voice messages on your VBM ballot by subscribing to Where’s My Ballot. This is a free service available to all registered voters that provides updated information on where your ballot is and when you can expect to receive it. Voters can confirm that their ballot was received and tallied through the Vote by Mail Status Tool. 

Vote In-Person 

LA County provides safe and secure Vote Centers that follow all of the public health and safety guidelines. Voters can cast ballots 10 days prior to Election Day and can vote in-person Election Day at any participating Vote Center in the County. Click here to view the list of Vote Centers throughout LA County. During the voting period, Vote Centers will be open from 10 AM to 7 PM during the 10 days prior to Election Day and from 7 AM to 8 PM on Election Day. 

NACHC Voter Registration Campaign

NACHC partnering with non-profit VotER to build this capacity within the health center movement. Click here to view their webpage specific to CHCs.

There are two ways you can access additional resources for your health center:
1. Sign up for your Healthy Democracy Kits unique to your Health Center here. There is a free digital option and a paid option if you instead want a physical version – both come with monthly reporting of how many patients you’ve registered.
2. Sign up for your Free Voter Registration Posters and Patient Handouts in English and Spanish branded uniquely for your Health Center here.

COVID-19 Voting Resources
Health Center Resources
LA County Resources
Additional Partner Resources
CCALAC’s “Voting in a Pandemic” Training Resources
CPCA’s “How CHCs can Promote Civic Engagement to Patients in 2020” Training Resources
Do you want to host a voting center demonstration at one of your clinic sites?

If so, please contact Phillip Verbera at PVerbera@rrcc.lacounty.gov or Michael Iturralde at MIturralde@rrcc.lacounty.gov to get a demonstration scheduled before the November 3rd General Election.

Please contact Erika Rogers at erogers@ccalac.org with any questions.